Kaytelyn B. ~ Super Hero Alias: Kaytelyn the Conqueror
Age: 11 months
Weight at Birth: 1 lb 14 ozs
Weeks Gestation: 27 weeks
Time in the NICU: 72 days
Diagnosis, complications, surgeries?
She suffered complications of extreme prematurity including pulmonary hemorrhage, periventricular cysts, an e-coli infection, and needed medical intervention to close her PDA. She also had severe jaundice that required her to be under light therapy for over a week.
Why should your child be recognized as “Preemie of the Year”?
My daughter should be preemie of the year because she is the poster child of preemie success. Born at 27 weeks gestation as a result of spontaneous labour, she was a very sick baby. We had a long NICU journey, but as time went on we saw her thrive and push past the odds and is now in perfect health. All her doctors have signed off on her as a perfectly healthy little girl, and at 11 months old (8 adjusted) you wouldn’t be able to tell she’s a preemie by looking at her. She has no effects from her prematurity now aside from the obvious developmental delays (which is normal) but she’s tracking perfectly for an 8-9 month old baby. I think having her as preemie of the year would give hope to other preemie parents, showing that despite all the odds, their preemie could be perfectly healthy and well on their way to catching up by a year old.
Using three or more typical characteristics of a Super Hero, please describe your child.
strong, persistent, brave, feisty, extraordinary, fast, smart, loving, friendly, sweet, stubborn, determined
What advice do you have for future NICU parents?
Take it one day at a time, it’s a roller coaster, you can’t know what will happen one day to the next. Hope for the best, but expect the worse, and reach out to other parents who have been where you are. No one knows better than another preemie parent how hard it is.