Women's Health

A Christmas Eve Miracle in the NICU

Elizabeth Asman thought she had at least a month left in her pregnancy when her water suddenly broke on Christmas Eve. At the TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital emergency room, she and her husband Corey learned that their baby was in the breach position, and an emergency caesarian section would be necessary to protect both mother and child.

“My husband and I were nervous of the health of our baby, being five weeks early, but I was thankful to be at Good Samaritan Hospital, where I knew they had an excellent labor and delivery team,” Elizabeth said.

As the doctors prepared Elizabeth for her caesarian, the scene went from calm to critical when the baby’s umbilical cord fell through Elizabeth’s cervix before the baby itself, a condition that can stop blood flow to the fetus and lead to fetal death. The routine procedure shifted suddenly to a race against the clock, and the delivery team rushed the imminent mother into emergency surgery.

Despite the hectic circumstances, the surgery went without a hitch, and Elizabeth and Corey became the proud parents of Carter Scott, a five-pound, nine-ounce boy, on December 24, 2015.

Because he was so early, Carter was taken to the NICU immediately. After a couple hours’ rest, Elizabeth met her baby for the first time.

“We were really lucky with how healthy Carter was for being five weeks early,” Elizabeth said. “His lungs and heart were healthy, and he seemed to be doing great.”

Unfortunately, there were more challenges ahead. At two-days-old, it became apparent that Carter wasn’t eating well. His sucking reflex still hadn’t fully developed, and he often seemed uninterested in his bottle. When he did eat, he would tire himself out after only a few minutes.

While Elizabeth and Corey were concerned for their baby’s progress, the nurses were quick to remind them that all other indicators showed Carter to be a healthy baby, and that he would get the hang of eating in his own time.

“All of his nurses always took such great care of him,” Elizabeth said. “Every time we would start to feed Carter, it was like his nurses were his own personal cheerleaders – they always cheered him on as he ate, hoping that he would get his bottle down.”

Elizabeth noted that Carter’s nurses provided her with plenty of tips to encourage him to eat. And while it was never easy to leave Carter in the NICU overnight, she and her husband took comfort in knowing that their baby “was in such good hands.” Not once did a nurse or staff member complain when Elizabeth and Corey called at 3 a.m. to check on Carter.

“What Corey and I loved was that we were still able to be a family while Carter was in the NICU,” Elizabeth said. “We got to dress him in his own clothes, change his diapers; we were able to see him and hold him whenever we wanted.”

After 12 days in the NICU, Carter was ready to go home. Now five months old, Carter is happy and healthy, and his parents couldn’t be any more grateful for the care they received.

“Being a TriHealth team member myself, it makes me proud to know that we have such wonderful people who care for their patients and their families, like my family was cared for during our time there,” Elizabeth said.

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Last Updated: June 17, 2016