BENEFITING: Sisters of Charity Hospital Foundation, Inc.
Hi everyone! We're helping to raise funds for Sister's Hospital NICU. Without them, Patrick would not be with us today. We are forever grateful for the amazing care that Patrick received by the incredible nurses and doctors in the NICU, and have been supporting this charitable cause since the day he was born. Here's Patrick's story: Patrick was born at 32 weeks gestation, at 4 lbs .04 oz, via emergency c-section after I was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome. For those of you who don't know, "HELLP syndrome is rare but serious. It happens in about 1 to 2 of 1,000 pregnancies. About 2 in 10 pregnant women (20 percent) with preeclampsia or eclampsia have HELLP. Preeclampsia is a condition that can happen after the 20th week of pregnancy or right after pregnancy. It’s when a pregnant woman has high blood pressure and signs that some of her organs, like her kidneys and liver, may not be working properly." (taken from the March of Dimes website). Only, I had NO symptoms other than feeling sick my entire pregnancy and developed a constant pain in my back. I never had high blood pressure, or protein in my urine. That pain in my back? Was my liver growing larger everyday and placing pressure on my rib cage. Call it what you want, but after being told by many people it was pregnancy pains, I went to get checked out. At the hospital I was originally told it could be HELLP, but they were doubtful as I didn't have any of the presenting symptoms. Despite this I was kept overnight for observation. Fast forward 24 hours later, after many tests and doctors repeatedly telling me I and my baby were fine, one last set of labs finally indicated HELLP. The "cure" for this issue? To deliver, and deliver immediately to save both my and Patrick's lives. I spent 24+ hours in isolation after Patrick was born. I don't remember much about the first couple of days after Patrick was born, as my body was trying to rid itself of the toxins. Patrick spent 5 weeks in the NICU under the care of an amazing team of doctors and nurses that not only made sure Patrick got to come home, but also helped Justin and I through this extremely difficult, roller coaster of a time. Our story has a happy ending. We got to take Patrick home with us. He's now a healthy, kind, caring, thoughtful, loving, 5 year old boy, who will be going to Kindergarten in September. Sister's Hospital saved our family. Saved our lives. For that we are forever grateful, and have continued to support them. Please consider helping us donate to an amazing charity that rescued us from a very scary fate. My hope is that every dollar we have donated over the past five years, and anything you are willing to give will allow other families to overcome premature birth and bring their babies home as well.