2-Pound, 13-Ounce Newborn Spent Weeks in NICU, Thrives Today
Maria Barnes-Davis arrived in the Special Care OB at Good Samaritan Hospital at 25 weeks pregnant and was told she would give birth within a week of her arrival. She was able to prolong the pregnancy for seven more weeks while on bed rest.
The delivery of Ellie wasn’t what was expected or planned. "It became apparent that I was going to need to deliver her soon," she recalls. My husband, Brian, remembers everything. He had to face the prospect that he might lose both of us – me and the baby."
The doctors and nurses at Good Samaritan did what they needed to do to save them both. Ellie only weighed 2 pounds, 13 ounces and was immediately taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Ellie also needed help breathing. Even with breathing tubes, Maria and Brian were able to pick up Ellie for feeding and just to hold her. Maria is appreciative of the support from the staff at the Good Samaritan NICU that allowed her family to feel like a family despite the fact that they were in the hospital for so long.
Ellie is now happy and healthy at home.
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Last Updated: October 07, 2015