Tiny Equipment for Tiny Infants
Coming into the world three months early by emergency C-section, baby Zoe weighed only 1 lb 4 oz. Her mom, Paula, puts into perspective just how small this really is:
“Zoe’s whole hand, including her fingers, was smaller than the tip of my thumb. It was just incredible how little she was.”
Being born early without the chance to develop optimally in her mother’s womb, Zoe navigated many challenges as she began the first chapter of her life. After having surgery to remove part of her intestine, Zoe’s family was told that she had a 50 per cent chance of surviving. With a great deal of love and support, Zoe pulled through, and after three additional procedures she came off her respirator and was able to breathe by herself for the first time.
It was a long road – nearly four months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – but with specialized health care from her team at Children’s Hospital, London Health Sciences Centre, Zoe grew strong enough to go home. She continued to be monitored by the Developmental Follow-up Clinic for the next few years to ensure she was on track with her peers and growing healthy and strong.
Today, Zoe is a happy, energetic seven-year-old girl who loves playing, singing, and dancing thanks to the incredible care she received at Children’s Hospital.
You can help infants who are in critical care, like Zoe, at your local Costco Warehouse between April 30 and June 3. Look for the bright yellow Children’s Miracle Network balloons and make a donation. You will support the highest priority needs at Children’s Hospital, such as specialized paediatric equipment made for the tiniest of newborns. You can make a difference; just put your money where the miracles are!