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The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [santamariasun.com] - Volume 13, Issue 46
BY AMY ASMAN
After three months in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), newborn Ellie Moomey is finally home from the hospital. She is Marian Medical Regional Center’s lowest birth-weight baby to date.
Ellie came into the world on Aug. 11, 2012, after just 25 weeks of gestation and weighing only 1 pound, 15 ounces. Prior to delivery, Ellie’s mother, Brittany Moomey, was admitted to the hospital’s Antepartum Unit for high-risk pregnant patients who require monitoring. Just three days after admission, Brittany went into premature labor—15 weeks before Ellie’s scheduled due date.
“It wasn’t yet time for Ellie to be born and we were scared. All we wanted was for her to be OK,” Brittany recalled in a press release. “She was so small she could fit in the palm of my hand. It was so surreal to see our little girl in such a fragile state, and we were extremely concerned about what the uncertain future held for her.”
Brittany and her husband, Staff Sergeant James Moomey of Vandenberg Air Force Base, never dreamed that their baby would need lifesaving neonatal technology and medical expertise for weeks on end to survive.
“Babies born as early as Ellie face some challenges and hardships to overcome” NICU director and neonatal specialist Mary Richards said in the release. “Our job as the NICU Team is to guide families through this difficult process and provide the highest level of medical care to achieve the best outcomes possible.
“There is no greater reward than seeing our critically ill infants thrive and improve to the point where they are healthy enough to go home. Being a part of this amazing process is emotional—emotional for the family and emotional for the staff,” Richards said. “But when our patients succeed, we succeed and the gratification of helping families is beyond words.”
Ellie was discharged on Nov. 19 from the NICU weighing 5 pounds, 2 ounces and made it home just in time for her first Thanksgiving. She is now healthy and weighs nearly 10 pounds.
Managing Editor Amy Asman compiled this week’s Community Corner. Information should be sent to the Sun via mail, e-mail, or fax.