Jubilant Jillian

NICU Reunion, Family Celebration, Hand to Hold Birthday, Photo Contest

Jillian R. ~ Super Hero Alias: Jubilant Jillian

Jillian RAge: 5 months
Weight at Birth: 1 pounds 4 ounces
Weeks Gestation: 25 weeks
Time in the NICU: 129 days

Diagnosis, complications, surgeries?
Jillian was born premature due to pre-eclampsia May 21, 2010 and spent her first 4 weeks in College Station. At this point she developed a staph infection and was transferred to Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin on June 17, 2010. The doctors almost lost her but she endured with the help of any and every antibiotic, among other medications, and a high frequency ventilator. At less than two pounds, she developed about 300 ml of edema. She developed a clot in her heart and received 11 weeks of lovonox shots twice a day. Throughout this illness, her blood pressure was low enough to give her some brain damage and she is expected to develop Cerebral Palsy. The oxygen caused her to have some eye problems and she received laser eye surgery. Eventually she was healed by both the talented medical staff and the extensive prayer of friends and family. After the doctors felt her well enough to have minimal supervision, she was transferred back home to College Station Medical Center (September 17) where her oxygen and NG feeding tube were removed four days before her release on September 27, 2010.

Why should your child be recognized as “Preemie of the Year”?

Jillian endured more in her first four months of life than anyone I know has endured in a lifetime. She has overcome every obstacle the doctors encountered and exceeded our expectations of success with her developement. She is healthy, strong, and growing beautifully, surprising everyone with her big personality.

Using three or more typical characteristics of a Super Hero, please describe your child.

triumphant, unbelievable, remarkable

What advice do you have for future NICU parents?
Don’t stop believing. Have faith!


  1. I can’t believe I am on the website just to look at the Preemie Power contest info, and up pops my friend’s beautiful grandbaby! The fact that we are friends is a tribute to the growing support networks, like yours, for family of preemies and micro-preemies, as we “met” on Facebook last year not long after our little ones arrived.

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