condition: Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)

128 Days in the NICU

Our Grant was born at 28 weeks and 5 days of gestation at Riverside Hospital. He started out strong on CPAP and never had to be intubated. He was one of the unfortunate few babies to have caught RSV while in the hospital–which caused a huge setback and a trip to Nationwide Children’s Hospital Downtown. […]

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Izzy’s Story

Izabella, known as “Izzy,” has been loved fiercely by her mama and mommy long before she was even born. Izzy’s moms, Ashley and Kelly, found out about Izzy when her birth mother was 12 weeks pregnant. They knew right away that Izzy belonged in their family and that they needed to adopt her. At 16 […]

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Bringing Home Jack Miltenberger

Jack has lived in 3 hospitals and 1 rehab facility in three states, but has NEVER been home. Jack was born 16 weeks early in Sioux City, Iowa. He was 1 pound 8 ounces and 12 inches long. He was a fighter from the start. His first NICU was unable to successfully extubate Jack, and […]

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The Power of Extraordinary

Bryce was born at 24 wks but had no fluid in the womb from 19 wks on. As a result, his lungs were severely underdeveloped and needed mechanical ventilation since birth and ultimately was diagnosed with severe Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD). At around 7 mos., Bryce needed several surgeries including a tracheostomy. Not too long after, […]

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Hunter the Hero

Hunter Drayce Miller is the son of Dewey and Cassidy Miller. Hunter was born premature at 28 weeks on September 4, 2011 at 12:27 a.m. due to pregnancy complications. At the time of his birth Hunter weighed 2lbs 6 oz. and he was given a 50% chance of surviving. After the initial challenge of helping […]

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Grayson and Scarlett’s Beginning

At 25 weeks and 5 days, Grayson and Scarlett decided they could no longer wait to come into our world. They cried on their own, little cries which suited their 1 pound, 15 ounces, and 2 pound bodies. They were wheeled from the OR to the NICU and into the plastic boxes that I later […]

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Braydon’s Fight

Braydon was born at 28 weeks and 1 day at 690 grams (1 pound 7 oz) because of absent blood flow to his umbilical cord. Mom and dad were told that he may not make it throughout the night. To the doctors surprise he made it. Little did we know how sick Braydon was. Braydon […]

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Sweet Adeline

At 10 weeks gestation I was diagnosed with isoimmunization, secondary to failed Rhogam and O- blood type. As a result, I had developed Antibodies that at approximately 18 weeks gestation, would begin destroying Adeline’s red blood cells. This hemolytic disease could cause significant anemia in the baby and potentially death. At 23 and 6 we […]

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Joseph’s Story

Joseph was just one pound, 5 ounces when he was born. He made his debut unexpectedly, 16 weeks early. Joseph spent 6 months on a ventilator before his lungs were finally strong enough to function with just the assistance of a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. With CPAP – which is a mask positioned […]

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