Age: 5 months
Weight at Birth: 1 lb 5 oz
Weeks Gestation: 23
Time spent in the NICU: 155 days
My Preemie Power Story:
Julian (Juju Bee’s civilian name) was eager to get out of mommy’s tummy and bring joy to the world. There was an infection in mom’s placenta and he knew he had to get out of there fast. At 22 weeks and 6 days, Mom’s water broke, and Julian was on his way out in a super hero pose – one arm up, hand in a fist. He was only 1 lb 5 oz so the doctors wanted to save his strength, and they did a c section to get him out quickly, and The Great Juju Bee was born at 23 weeks exactly.
The doctors didn’t think he would make it through the night, but The Great Juju Bee started his signature move of proving every body wrong. The very next week he underwent emergency surgery for a perforated bowel, and again the doctors didn’t think he would make it – a DNR was signed at the doctor’s recommendation, and a pastor brought in. But Julian knew that he had to be in this world to give people hope and inspiration! He made it through and kept going uphill ever since. Every single doctor and nurse tells mommy and daddy how they are so amazed at Julian – for those first couple of months they didn’t think he would make it. But, as his favorite doctor said, “That’s typical Julian. We give a room and gloom diagnosis, and he goes and proves us wrong, smiling and happy the whole time.”
After 155 days in the NICU, an ROP diagnosis, a VP shunt, and a bilateral inguinal hernia repair, Julian was able to come home to Mommy and Daddy. He continues to build his strength and inspire the world with his bravery – a little superhero!
Super Hero Characteristics:
Super strength, amazing resilience, the power to inspire and give hope, and the ability to bring joy and love to all who come into contact with him!