|Name: Elizabeth McNely||MY URL: Visit Me|
|My Email: Email Me||Location: Indiana|
My son Keenan Hunter was born on October 25, 1998. He was born at 27 weeks and weighed 2lbs. 8oz. First thing out of the doctors mouth was "Oh my!" "He's bigger than we estimated." Then he was wisked away quickly by hte neonatal team. I finally got to see him 5 hours later. So tiny he was. After all the tubes, wires, oxygen, blood transfusions and scares, he finally got to come home December 29, 1998. At home on oxygen, apnea monitor, and pulse ox, he stayed for a week and then was medevac'd back to hospital. This stay was in the PICU. Being on a vent again and docs not knowing why this child had such awful breathing problems, he underwent a lung biopsy. He has a lung disease called lymphangiectasia. Doctors didn't think he would make it. Today he is 4 years old and so far has no complications. As a matter of fact, I can hardly keep up with him. He is my special little miracle baby.
|Name: Heather Bennett||MY URL: Visit Me|
|My Email: Email Me||Location: Chillicothe, Ohio|
On January 24, 2003, when I was almost 25 weeks gestation with my third child, my water broke. Our two boys had been born at term, so this was a new and very scary situation for us. Three days later, on January 27, our beautiful baby girl was born. She weighed 1# 10 1/2 oz, and was 13 1/2" long. Her head was 9 inches in circumference (about the size of a baseball).Since I had been given a full course of steroids, her lungs were much stronger than they might have been - she actually tried to breathe! When she was 16 days old, she had a PDA ligation. When she was two months old, she had laser surgery on her eyes. Her ROP was in Zone 1 - the worst place for damage. We were told that she had a 70% chance of being blind even with the surgery. But guess what? She follows us with her eyes now! During her 98 days in the hospital, she did not have a single infection. She had no bleeding on her brain, and no feeding problems. Her only obstacle to coming home was apnea and bradycardia. She came home, five days before her due date, on an apnea monitor and caffeine. She was taken off those when she had been home 7 1/2 weeks. She spent two nights in the hospital for pneumonia when she had been home for one month. Today she is five months old. She weighs 8 1/2 lbs, and is 21 inches long. She is exactly where she should be if she'd been born on time. Developmentally, she is right on track for a seven week old baby. We are so grateful for the doctors and nurses who took such wonderful care of our daughter. I hope that our story can give hope to those who are going through what we went through. And I hope that those of you who have also posted your stories here know that you have helped those of us who have read them while we were in the same situation.
|Name: Laura||MY URL: Visit Me|
|My Email: Email Me||Location: Almost Heaven WV|
My son Noah was born at 24 Weeks at 1# and 12 Oz ... Noah lived in the NICU for 5 1/2 Months and came home 2 days before Christmas in 2001. What a WONDERFUL Christmas Present ~~ That year he was on Oxygen and developed RSV and had to be placed into the hospital again ... Noah is now OFF the Oxygen but does have problems with his Motor Skills .... We work with a Phy. Therpist and he is improving everyday ( He is now weighing 22 Pounds !! And looking forward to his 2nd Birthday ~~ I thank God for my little miracle ~~ Noah found Grace in the eyes of the Lord ~~ And he LIVES ~~
|Name: mary||MY URL: Visit Me|
|My Email: Email Me||Location: Lebanon,OR|
I have had 3 premature babies, Justen I was 32 weeks gestation, Gabriel I was 26 weeks gestation, and mariah I was 20 weeks. Which she passed away and hour and a half after she was born. Justen is a Honor roll student in a private school. Gabriel has some hearing problems but is doing wonderful. I knit for premature babies in the NICU's and sick babies in need. You will have to come check my website out. Hope to see you there. God bless!
|Name: Sjona Lindquist||MY URL: Visit Me|
|My Email: Email Me||Location: South Carolina|
Our daughter died 8-12-98 due to Strep B complications. It was just devastating to me in so many ways. My husband suffered so much, yet in different ways than I did. She was our 3rd little girl and she looked just like her sisters. She was just beautiful, and I wish all of you could have seen her. Since then I have had 2 little boys. They are wonderful, yet my heart still longs for a little girl. (We are expecting and do not know what we are having yet.) I know that she would never take the place of our little Michaela, but perhaps my arms would finally be full with a little girl. I would like you invite you to visit our website if you ever would like. We sell things for babies (especially preemies, but things for bigger babies as well), and mommies. Our website is: www.BabyLinq.com Sometime I would like to put up the whole story of our little girl on our website and how it helped to lauch us into our business by seeing so much need out there. Needs that Mom's like me and perhaps you too, that no one could meet. Like Clothing for a little Preemie. Even premature babies need clothes! Someday I will be able to put up our story, but not yet. Thank you for reading.