NICU Patient Stories

Nora Thomas

Time is fleeting. Ask any parent, grandparent or caretaker – they wish time had a pause button. They wish they could buy more time. For Sarah Thomas, she found herself wishing for more time over and over again with the birth of her first child, Nora. Read more

Brittney Mayfield

With a normal pregnancy and delivery, Brittney and her husband were overjoyed when her son Marshall finally arrived.  Shortly after his birth Marshall started to display a few red flags.  A few tests were completed when he was just 24 hours olds and at a day old, Marshall underwent a surgery due to a perforated bowel.

“They laughed with us, they cried with us and became part of our family and we just can’t thank them enough.”

 


Brent & Hope Taylor, with son Cason

Young parents from Thomasville, Georgia, never anticipated that their new family would need the services of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, but today, Brent and Hope Taylor credit the physicians and nurses at TMH with saving the life of their son, Cason.

In 2005, Cason was born in a Thomasville hospital, nearly six weeks before his due date. His doctors quickly realized that Cason would require critical care and contacted the staff at the Women’s Pavilion.

The Tallahassee Memorial Neonatal Transport Team was ready. Consisting of a paramedic, respiratory therapist and neonatal nurse, this team works with staff at other area hospitals to assess a newborn, stabilize the baby and provide transport to the neonatal unit at TMH. Cason was taken by ambulance to Tallahassee Memorial’s Level III NICU where his parents and extended family waited by his side.

Pulmonary hypertension, pneumonia and a collapsed lung were the obstacles baby Cason fought during his first days. He made progress each day he spent in the NICU and on his ninth day of life, Hope was able to hold her son for the very first time. After 17 days in the hospital, Cason was finally able to go home to Thomasville with his family.

Nine months later, watching Cason play in the park with his parents, one would never know that his life got off to such a rocky start. The healthy little boy loves being outside and when he is excited his face lights up in a big grin that reveals two tiny teeth.

Brent and Hope know that without the skilled staff in the NICU, their story might not have had a happy ending. They are still grateful to the physicians and colleagues in the NICU for providing compassionate care during the hospitalization of their son. “I feel like the NICU experience has made us even more appreciative of the fact that each little baby truly is a miracle,” says Brent.