Age: 4 years
Weight at Birth: 1lb 7oz
Weeks Gestation: 23.6
Time spent in the NICU: 93 days
My Preemie Power Story:
At 23 weeks and 6 days Gracie was born weighing only 1lb 7oz. After a very long 3 days, I finally got to see my baby. As with most preemies, lots of tubes, IV’s and other unidentifiable equipment surrounded this tiny human. It’s enough to send an already scared parent into overload. The wonderful staff at Baptist Hospital (now St. Thomas Mid Town) helped to keep me calm. Supporting Gracie and me and nursing us both back to health. Slowly 6 weeks crept by and I was allowed to hold my baby girl. Wow! What a feeling! With an 8% chance to live Gracie defied all odds. Not knowing what her outcome would be, she overcame pneumonia, potential kidney failure and many other possibilities and today has no residual health issues. Gracie is a lively 4 year old who is on the dance team performing for anyone who will watch. From her back bends to her leaps she never stops moving. She is fearless, just as every superhero should be. I don’t know what my life would be like with out my Super Dancer, and I don’t even want to think about it. She truly is my Super Hero!
Super Hero Characteristics:
Super Smiley, Super Dancy, Super Friend, Super Helper, Super “I Can Do That, That’s Easy” Girl