Two Babies, Two Very Different Outcomes

Half of Charlotte and Corey’s hearts stayed at Children’s Hospital the day their baby girl was discharged from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Born nearly three months early, Katharina had a difficult start to life. She needed months of specialized care to breathe on her own, beat serious infections and overcome feeding issues.

It meant a lot to the new parents to finally be able to take their little girl home however, they ached knowing that Katharina’s twin brother wasn’t well enough to join them.

Calvin and Katharina both weighed less than two pounds at birth. Upon first glance, Calvin was the stronger of the two. Unfortunately, the tides turned for him.

Two days after he had emergency surgery for his bilateral inguinal hernias, the fragile preemie’s life was threatened by a serious complication – sepsis.

“His organs were failing, his blood pressure hit rock bottom, heart rate was horrible. Everyone was positive it was going to be the end,” says Charlotte. “But he came through.”

The relief was short lived though. The hernias returned, and more surgery was necessary.

As Calvin’s condition continued to deteriorate, doctors moved him to the Paediatric Critical Care Unit (PCCU) for more intensive care.

Today, Calvin continues to receive treatment in the PCCU. Charlotte and Corey worry their son may never leave Children’s Hospital with them.

Not every baby cared for in the NICU is able to go home, like Katharina. Sometimes, babies like Calvin simply may not overcome the challenges prematurity presents them to be able to go home. But because of community support and donations from organizations, like the LCBO, Children’s Hospital has state-of-the-art equipment to do the very best they can when a baby’s life hangs in the balance.

You can help babies in the NICU at Children’s Hospital when you visit the LCBO this holiday season. Please make a generous donation at the till.

In addition to purchasing essential NICU equipment, the campaign will also fund the Regional Injury Prevention Program at Children’s Hospital to keep children and youth safe.

Show your support when you visit the LCBO! Donate in honour of babies like Calvin and Katharina.