Katelyn was born prematurely at 32 weeks gestation. Her mom had gone through 2 years of fertility treatments to get pregnant, and suffered several complications along the way. At 31 weeks, her mom was admitted to the Antepartum unit at OSU Wexner center for strict bedrest due to severe pre-eclampsia. Just after kickoff to a home Buckeyes football game, Katelyn’s mom started to progress to HELLP syndrome, a dangerous and potentially fatal condition for mom and baby requiring delivery. After 12 hours of induction and no labor progression, doctors decided it was time to manually break her moms water which resulted in an umbilical cord prolapse – an obstetric emergency. Her mom was rushed to the OR for an emergency C-section and Katelyn came screaming into the world!
Katelyn weighed a mere 3lbs and was 14 inches long. Though she was small, she was mighty and resided in the Nationwide Children’s NICU at OSUWMC for only 4 weeks. She was slightly jaundiced, had some apnea issues, and needed a feeding tube for a few weeks- but she overcame her obstacles like a little champion. Now, she is a thriving, bright, funny, and rambunctious toddler who keeps her family on their toes. She loves books, playing with her toys, and spending time with her mom and dad. Her favorite foods are bananas and goldfish crackers. She also loves all things Disney and her favorite character are Minnie Mouse and Elena of Avalor. Her family is forever grateful for the amazing care she received from the entire staff at Nationwide Children’s, particularly the nursing staff in the NICU at OSU Wexner Medical Center.