Pregnancy and Childbirth

After 4 Months in an Incubator, Cam Lives a Healthy Life

Becoming a parent for the first time is usually an equal mix of fear and joyful anticipation. But for Christin and Andy McCormick, fear suddenly took the lead. Christin went to the OBGYN for her 26 week checkup feeling under the weather and swollen. After some tests, doctors told Christin she needed to get to a hospital as soon as possible.

Christin was admitted to the hospital with preeclampsia, and told she would be there until her baby arrived.

“I was told that they would try to prevent that as long as they could because I was only 26 weeks, but that my body was [probably] going to start shutting down soon and the only way to stop it was to deliver the baby,” Christin says. “To say we were terrified was an understatement.”

Two short days later, Christin’s body did begin to shut down. “I could not breathe, my lungs were filling with fluid and my blood pressure was 290 over 250,” she says.  “They had to take the baby.”

Camryn Brooke McCormick was born on December 18, 2009 – weighing in at only 1 lb. 4 oz. Camryn could not breathe by herself. She was intubated and put in an incubator in the NICU at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati.

“We knew we had a long road ahead of us but really no idea just how long and how bumpy,” Christin says.  “Cam had a lot of problems. Mostly with her lungs, but also with her heart. She spent a total of 186 days in the NICU.”

During her stay in the NICU there was not much that Camryn didn’t go through. She got surfactant, steroids, medicine for her blood pressure, medicine for pulmonary hypertension, blood transfusions, potassium chloride and countless more medications and procedures.

“She was hooked up to more machines than I can recount. She lived in an incubator for almost 4 months,” Christin says. “Camryn’s doctors say she is a miracle. We know that, but to hear it from the doctors was amazing.”

Christin and Andy were there with Camryn every day, for all 186 days.  “It was a long journey, one we were severely unprepared for,” Christin says.  The McCormick family received a lot of support from March of Dimes volunteers during their long stay.  

“[The volunteer] taught an infant massage class that helped calm Camryn a lot,” Christin says.  “She helped us advocate for things that we knew Cam needed.”

The medicines Cam was given, the bed she was in, the machines she was hooked up to, and the procedures she underwent exist thanks to the research that March of Dimes has funded. “We will be forever indebted to the nurses, doctors and March of Dimes volunteers and researchers who got us through this journey with Cam,” Christin says.

Camryn is now a healthy, determined and thoughtful little girl. “She loves to help others, especially the ‘babies,’” Christin says.

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Last Updated: April 26, 2017