Hunter B. ~ Super Hero Alias: The Mighty Hunter
Age: 4 years old
Weight at Birth: 2 lbs 2 ozs
Weeks Gestation: 26 weeks
Time in the NICU: 2.5 months
Diagnosis, complications, surgeries?
Mom was diagnosed with preeclampsia which called for induction of labor.
Why should your child be recognized as “Preemie of the Year”?
Our Mighty Hunter should be recognized as “Preemie of the Year” because of his miraculous journey since birth. Hunter’s nursing staff were amazed that his stay only required a common procedure for preemies: hernia surgery. While he was diagnosed with ROP and apnea, Hunter fought hard to overcome both. He “graduated” from Speech and OT before the age of three and received a “star” from his recent vision appointment. Today, Hunter, is a thriving “little big man”! He attends preschool, enjoys dancing and singing along to music, and for someone who was once receiving Speech services, his vocabulary is quite mature and growing! He is a treasure to his family, extended family and to those that know him
Using three or more typical characteristics of a Super Hero, please describe your child.
Fortitude, Determination, Perseverance
What advice do you have for future NICU parents?
Find someone who has experience with the NICU process and visit them! Try to avoid asking or reading about other baby’s situations as your child is completely different from every other child. Knowing too much may cause unnecessary worry.