Blake J. ~ Super Hero Alias: Super-Blake
Age: 6 years old
Weight at Birth: 1 pounds 6 ounces
Weeks Gestation: 26 weeks
Time in the NICU: 14 months
Diagnosis, complications, surgeries?
Blind, non-verbal, seizures, BPD, Undiagnosed genetic syndrome, VSD surgery (cardiac defect) Vitrectomy due to retinal detachment, hernias, fundoplication, g-tube, ear tubes, small bowel obstruction
Why should your child be recognized as “Preemie of the Year”?
Blake has beat the odds of living in so many situations. He is such a hard worker. He is learning to talk, eat and walk. He is my inspiration in life and to so many friends and family.
Using three or more typical characteristics of a Super Hero, please describe your child.
What advice do you have for future NICU parents?
Don’t be afraid to ask questions in the NICU. Make sure you eat and get sleep when you can, because it might be a long road. Never give up HOPE on your child.
Describe how Hand to Hold’s services are meaningful to you and future families.
Hand to Hold will let families know they are not alone. There is nothing more powerful than to share with another parent that has walked in your shoes.