Meet Kelsey Matthew

Our journey to have a baby began over 12 years ago. After being diagnosed with PCOS and struggling with infertility for 8 years my husband and I did invitro fertilization in 2013. Our pregnancy ended in a heartbreaking miscarriage. In 2016 we needed to come to terms with not having a family as it was too hard to keep holding onto something that was not happening. To our surprise in March of 2017 we found out that we were 8 weeks pregnant. Totally natural no fertility treatments used

My pregnancy was going well. My belly was big and I felt good. July came and I was excited that my third trimester was starting. On July 10 I felt as though I had a bladder infection. I went to the Dr. My urine tested positive for a UTI. I was given antibiotics and sent home. The next morning I still was not feeling well. I stayed home from work and was going to rest. When I got up early to phone work my water broke. My husband took me into Saskatoon to RUH . Ultrasound showed that there was no fluid left around the baby and the head was right down. When I was examined I was already 10 cm dilated. I was given the steroid surfactant but I did not have it very long before the baby came.

The delivery room was full. A team from the NICU was there. The Dr from the NICU told us that 24 weeks is the age of viability and that their team would do everything they could but sometimes babies do not make it when they are that premature. What ??? The age of viability ?? This was happening all way to fast. This is not how it was supposed to go. My pregnancy was going so well. I felt numb. Our son was born at 1:15 that afternoon. At 24 weeks and 2 days gestation. We named him Kelsey Matthew. Kelsey means brave. Matthew means gift from God.

Kelsey weighed 1 pound 14 ounces. Kelsey was taken right away to the NICU. I saw him as they wheeled him by in the isolate. We were told that Kelsey would need to stay in the hospital until my due date which was October 29. We were able to stay at the Ronald McDonald house across the street from the hospital. So thankful for that place. It allowed me to be close to Kelsey so that I could see him every day. It was hard each day when I left the hospital and not being able to take Kelsey with me.Not being able to hold him and cuddle him. It was 23 days after Kelsey was born that we were able too hold him for the first time. He was to fragile before. Kelsey was very sick three different times during his stay in NICU. 1.  Collapsed lungs 2. Pneumonia 3. Infection from pick line.

Kelsey was in the NICU for 95 days. He was able to come home on October 13 which was 17 days before my due date. Kelsey came home on oxygen and was able to come off one month after being home. We are so very thankful for the team in the NICU and for the care our son received while he was there. Kelsey is growing and thriving and continues to meet every milestone for his corrected age.

Kelsey was part of the Beads of Courage program. His beads total 478. They tell his story of his journey in the NICU. Kelsey truly has been our brave gift from God and we are thankful every day for him. Our little Miracle

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