Miracle Girl!

  • AbigailAge: 6
  • Weight at Birth: 2 pounds 14 ounces
  • Weeks Gestation: 29 weeks
  • Time spent in the NICU: 38 days

Super Hero Characteristics: Abby is our strong, mighty over comer. She’s the underdog you root for that will not back down!

My Preemie Power Story:

Abigail means the joy of the father. She’s the gift my husband wanted while the rest of the family wanted a boy, we got the girl he wanted. I was never put as high risk or given a notice of anything wrong with my pregnancy. One day I began heavily bleeding and didn’t stop. Only after one week of bed rest, it was determined that after an infection had spiked there was no choice but to do an emergency c-section. We were told she would be intubated, possibly damaged from the infection but the extent would be unknown until she came out. Well, she came at a whopping 2 pounds 14 oz and was breathing on her own! When the NICU team said she would be in the NICU until her actual due date (10 weeks), Abby would instead leap over every hurdle and only be there for 5.5 weeks. Even at home she continued to leap over hurdles, amazed her pediatrician with how much she grew and was so joyful through it all. Looking at her now, no one would believe she was a preemie. She’s our mighty overcomer who wouldn’t back down, kept fighting to live and she did it with a smile on her face!



Brynn F. ~ Super Hero Alias: Brynncess

Brynn FAge: 5 months old
Weight at Birth: 2 lbs 1 oz
Weeks Gestation: 26 weeks
Time in the NICU: 97 days

Diagnosis, complications, surgeries?

Brynn arrived way earlier than we expected and every day she had to fight for her life. Some of the problems she faced were chronic lung disease, in abated for 2-1/2 months, fed through a feeding tube for 2-1/2 months, asd, heart murmur, NEC, spinal tap, multiple pic lines and blood transfusions, IV infiltrations, bad liver from being on the feeding tube for so long, immature eyes,  sleep apnea, and terrible reflux. When Brynn got discharged she came home with four specialists, ophthalmologist, gastroenterologist, pulmonologist, cardiologist, and goes to physical therapy weekly. Also, on a monitor for her heart rate, and sleep apnea.  There were many other infections, and problems that occurred the list could go on for days. I thank God for such a strong baby, who still battles these problems daily.

Why should your child be recognized as “Preemie of the Year”?

Our daughters difficult journey into life began before the emergency c-section that placed her in our  lives by the grace of God. Brynn went without nutrition for weeks due to an abrupt placenta and a dry umbilical cord. For weeks 24 and 25, a series of test had been done to try and figure out why she was failing all fetal movement. A decision was made, on week 26 Brynn was born. But, not at our local hospital and not in our state. Mommy and baby were transferred by the life flight team where an emergency cesarean would be performed. Brynn then spent the next 97 days of her life going through trials and tribulations to prove to us how strong she is. Brynn made an impact on many staff members and became the “oldest one of the class.” Powered by prayer from friends and family, the professional training of a wonderful NICU team, and a mommy and daddy driving over state line day and night, the three of us pulled through vicious cycles of a two-pound, under-developed miracle. Everything from continuous intubation, NEC scares, spinal taps, and infections, we never knew what tomorrow would bring, but feeding off of Brynn’s strength the three of us would get through it together. Brynn made a grand entrance into the world, and continues to brings joy to everyone she encounters daily.  Our story is truth that there is a God, and he does perform miracles everyday.

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Melynna S. ~ Super Hero Alias: Tinkerbell – She’s a Tiny Fairy Princess

Melynna SAge: 15 months
Weight at Birth: 3 lb, 6 ounces
Weeks Gestation: 34 weeks
Time in the NICU: 28 days

Diagnosis, complications, surgeries?

HELLP Syndrome

Why should your child be recognized as “Preemie of the Year”?

I almost died giving birth … and in hindsight my child saved my life. I never wanted to have children. I never wanted the responsibility of being a parent and then I found out I was pregnant. I went through shock, fear, doubt and concern but on the night she was born by emergency c-section I was at peace. I had approx. 3 hours notice she would be making her arrival and yet I wasn’t worried because I knew she was placed in my life to show me life matters and that I have a purpose. In the year before I would have given up my life out of selfishness and fear – now the only way I would give up my life is to save HERS! She saved me. She absolutely saved me.
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Meet Victoria Trejo & Her Daugher Amiah – What a Difference a Year Makes

By Erika Goyer, Hand to Hold Family Support Navigator

Amiah TSometimes you have the chance to connect with another mom in a way that is so personal and so intense that you feel an instant bond. I think that’s what happened when Kelli met Victoria on our visit to El Paso, Texas last year. If I’m remembering correctly she said to me, “Victoria needs to be matched with another mom. And I want that mom to be me.” I knew at that point that I wouldn’t even try to get between them.

We met Victoria in the NICU at Las Palmas Medical Center. Although she was from Las Cruces, New Mexico, her daughter, Amiah, had been transferred to a NICU in El Paso soon after her birth on January 15, 2011 at 22 weeks gestation. Once she recovered from her emergency c-section Victoria began the exhausting routine of driving back and forth from Las Cruces to El Paso to be with her daughter.

I remember seeing Amiah that day in the NICU. She was in the quietest corner of the unit where the lights were dimmed and where there wasn’t much sound other than the hum of the oscillator. We whispered to each other in her quiet room and wondered at her tiny, beautiful body. I am always humbled and amazed by these extraordinary babies. I don’t know if she is the smallest infant I’ve gazed upon in wonder and amazement but she may be. When Amiah arrived she was 12 ounces and 10-1/2 inches long, no larger than a soda bottle. [Read more…]

Miracle Man Mason

NICU Reunion, Family Celebration, Hand to Hold Birthday, Photo Contest

Mason M. ~ Super Hero Alias: Miracle Man Mason

Age: 3-1/2 weeks
Weight at Birth: 3 lb 6 oz
Weeks Gestation: 30 weeks
Time in the NICU: 30 and counting he is still there

Diagnosis, complications, surgeries?
My fallopian tube ruptured due to undetected third trimester ectopic pregnancy.  I bled out and both myself and my baby are lucky to have survived.

Why should your child be recognized as “Preemie of the Year”?

My child should be recognized as he is a true fighter.  I had a third trimester ectopic pregnancy (nearly impossible to have happen) which ruptured my fallopian tube.  I bleed out and my little fighter crashed before my emergency c-section began.  He was born 10 weeks early and I have watched him struggle and fight for nearly a month.  In the begining days of his live he struggled to breathe.  It was so hard to watch him struggle and fight for each breath. He has spent all his time in the NICU and still has several weeks to go.  I watch him hit mile stones each day.  He is a miracle and I am so amazed at his progress and struggle to get to where he is today.

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