condition: Prematurity

Adam’s Story

Adam was brought to Nationwide Children’s with a rare congenital heart defect on the day he was born. Although we thought he would spend months in the NICU before having open heart surgery, we were fortunate to bring him home just three weeks later (surgery-free). The first 12 months of his life are a blur […]

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Brenna’s Story

Brenna was born six weeks premature. The list of conditions she would contend with stretched longer than this sweet little baby girl. She was transferred from another hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to Nationwide Children’s NICU to be treated for potentially life-threatening Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN). While there, she was also diagnosed with panhypopituitarism and […]

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Decko the Competitor

Decko was born at 33 weeks and spent time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). He was then diagnosed with necrotizing entercolitis (NEC), which is a disease of the intestine of newborn infants. Decko has been through a lot but that hasn’t stopped him from being a happy kid! He’s probably spent more time […]

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Emily’s Story

Emily’s mom went into unexpected labor, 13 weeks too early. Emily was born weighing just two pounds, two ounces. After a week stay in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Riverside Methodist Hospital, she was transferred to Nationwide Children’s Hospital main campus for further treatment. During her 100-day stay, Emily endured […]

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Banks’ Story

When six months pregnant, Bailie woke up the morning of August 17 with mild cramping and called her husband to come home from work. She thought she needed to go to the hospital. She believed she was dehydrated and needed IV fluids. She was right about needing to go to the hospital. At the hospital, […]

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Miracle triplets who were born too soon

It took us 5 long years to get pregnant. When we found out we were having triplets we were ecstatic! My pregnancy had been going great until 24 weeks. I was admitted to the hospital on strict bed rest for shorten cervix and possible preterm labor. My water broke at 27 wks 5 days and […]

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How Nationwide Children’s Hospital saved our daughter’s life.

I was 28 weeks pregnant when I went for a routine checkup with my OB. While at that appointment I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia and sent over to Doctor’s Hospital for monitoring. After 7 hours of monitoring they let myself and my husband know that I would be admitted and staying in the hospital until […]

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Killian’s Story

As soon as his parents knew they were pregnant, they named their son to be, Killian, which means small and fierce. It would turn out that was the perfect name. At 25 weeks, Killian’s mom suddenly went into labor.  The doctors did all they could to hold off delivery for more than three days of […]

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Cami’s Story

On May 20, 2013, Cami was born via emergency c-section at 25 weeks and 2 days gestation weighing just  1 lb. 7 oz. The larger of our identical twin girls, she had an incredibly rough start and was given chest compressions in the delivery room. When our daughters were just 9 days old, we lost […]

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