I was admitted to Banner Desert Medical Center two days before Thanksgiving in 2002. At 27 weeks gestation, I had been having symptoms of severe headaches and “indigestion.” Upon admission, I was diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome. Following a 3 week stay in the hospital, Sydney Noelle was born on December 16, 2002 at 30 weeks via emergency c-section. Sydney arrived in the world crying - weighing 1 pound, 13 ounces.
Although small, Sydney was healthy for a “micro-preemie”, a term we became familiar with for the first time. She was not intubated and had a relatively uneventful stay in the NICU. Although we had a few set- backs which are common, Sydney was discharged on February 13, 2003 just 2 weeks prior to her due date. She came home weighing 4 pounds, 3 ounces which at the time I thought was “huge!"
During our time in the NICU, we were cared for by such an amazing team of medical professionals. We were touched not only by their skill, but for the genuine love and caring they demonstrated for my daughter, and our family during this very difficult time. We are forever grateful to our “extended family” of nurses, physicians and other staff members who cared for us.
Sydney turned 10 in December, 2012 and is a happy, healthy little girl. With the support and guidance of many physicians, we were able to deliver a full term baby boy, Connor, just two years after Sydney with no complications. Our family has truly been blessed by the care received at Banner Desert and Cardon Children’s Medical Centers.