Our son was born at 29 weeks 5 days, weighing 3lbs 1oz.
The day I went into labour I had been to the doctor that morning and everything looked good. But that night I started bleeding, so I went to the hospital in Lloydminster. They were unsure what to do or what was happening to me until they realized I was in early labour and I needed to get to a hospital with and NICU. However, everywhere seemed to be full until they found me a spot at the Royal Alex in Edmonton. An air ambulance was contacted and sent out to pick me up but of course, it was mid-January and there was a blizzard making it impossible to land there. Instead, I was taken to Vermillion where I was transferred to an ambulance and driven to Edmonton.
It took 3 to 4 hours to get to Edmonton in the blizzard and my water broke at the city limits around 6:30 am. I was admitted by 7:30 and gave birth naturally at 8:31 in a room full of approximately 10 people.
Nevan was whisked away and intubated to open his lungs then he was put directly on to CPAP. Two hours later I walked up to the NICU where I finally got to hold him. Five days later as were settling in, I was told a room opened up at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon. Since we were Saskatchewan residents we were being transferred and we would be flown there. I was able to accompany Nevan on the flight and I cried the whole flight – he only weighed 2lbs 14oz at the time.
During his three month stay in the NICU Nevan battled NEC causing us to almost lose him twice. In the end, he received open abdominal surgery removing half his large intestine and a small portion of his small intestine. Even though there were many obstacles along the way we met many milestones too.
The first year of Nevan’s life entailed many neonatologists follow-ups, occupational therapy, speech and language pathologists, child psychologists, cardiologists (he was born with three holes in his heart, two from being premature and one hereditary) and two surgeons to follow up for his intestines, umbilical hernia and eyes. We still follow up with our pediatrician twice a year just for reassurance.
Nevan is now a thriving five-year-old who just passed pre-kindergarten and is off to kindergarten full time in the fall. He plays baseball, golf and hockey and loves being a big brother.
Our success is warranted to the tremendous support BloomNICU receives from local community through corporate sponsorship and from the Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan. A variety of sponsorship packages are available.