In honor of #WorldPrematurityDay, we’re excited to share Brewer’s incredible story:
Three years and three weeks ago, my son, Brewer, was born. He was 4lbs 14oz and came six weeks early. Nothing in the world can actually prepare you for being a parent, let alone the parent of a preemie. At 18 hours old, Brewer was flown to Seattle Children's, and at 25 hours old, underwent surgery to repair duodenal atresia. He spent an additional 4 days in the NICU at Children's, and in total, we spent 4 weeks in Seattle with him as we waited for him to begin nursing and gain weight. Three days before Thanksgiving, Brewer came home. We still have yearly follow-ups with his surgeon, Dr. Javid, but by all appearances, Brewer has made a complete and successful recovery. Years ago, without places like Kadlec NICU and Seattle Children's, or organizations like March of Dimes and Ronald McDonald House, our experience would have been very different. Thank you to every doctor, nurse, cafeteria worker, flight nurse, pilot, ambulance driver, child life specialist, OT, fellow NICU parent, etc. that changed our lives that day and every day since. Our advice to other parents of preemies: Give yourself permission to leave the hospital if you need a break. Our ability to care for others often comes at the expense of caring for ourselves.
Eric, Erica, & Brewer ・・・
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