Kaleb M. ~ Super Hero Alias: Faithful Kaleb
Age: 23 months
Weight at Birth: 1 pound 10 ounces
Weeks Gestation: 27 weeks
Time in the NICU: 150 days
Diagnosis, complications, surgeries?
Gtube, inguinal hernia, Had BPD, cardiac problems, 1 kidney
Why should your child be recognized as “Preemie of the Year”?
On Oct. 13, I was rushed to surgery when the baby’s heart rate dropped. After an emergency C-section at the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children, Kaleb was welcomed into this world. He was just 1 lb., 10 oz. and 12 inches long.
He was admitted immediately to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). He was so tiny that he fit in our hands and we could do nothing but hope and trust that God was in control. As you can imagine, it was a very stressful time. But Kaleb was so strong and he continued to improve. There were many good days, and some bad ones too. It seemed that for every two steps forward we’d take ten big ones back.
With time, Kaleb came off the ventilator and CPAP and continued to show improvement. He had problems eating so he had to have additional surgery to have a bilateral inguinal hernia repaired and a feeding tube inserted to help him get the nutrition he needed.
Kaleb called the hospital home for the first five months of his life before he was finally able to come home with us in March 2010. With the help of the nurses, respiratory therapists and doctors at the Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children who were such a big part of his life for 23 weeks, we now have Kaleb, our little miracle from God. We hope that anyone who reads this will find encouragement and understand that miracles can and do happen. Our own Kaleb is a testament to this. And we thank God and your hospital for this miracle and blessing bestowed on our family.
Using three or more typical characteristics of a Super Hero, please describe your child.
Kaleb is strong, he encourages others with his beautiful smile and he is a fighter.
What advice do you have for future NICU parents?
Never lose faith. Take pictures daily of the baby that way when you feel like nothing is happening you can look back and see the baby’s growth and improvement.
What kind of support would have helped you most during your journey?
The support of other parents who were out of the NICU and experienced what I went through.
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About the Preemie Power Blog
Preemie Power was created by Hand to Hold to recognize and honor all of the preemies who have struggled to overcome great odds. We’ve seen our tiny super heroes battle and overcome villains, such as birth defects, lung disease and infections. Originally launched with the participants of the inaugural Preemie Power Photo/Essay Contest in 2010, this blog chronicles each amazing child’s story and journey. We plan to continue adding to the blog each year with stories submitted in the yearly photo contest, to spread hope and inspiration to other families.