My daughter Annabelle Mackenzie Johnson was born at 25 weeks, weighing in at one pound, four ounces. She spent 97 days in the Crouse NICU.
Even though I was a first-time mom, I knew something wasn’t right, so I went in to be checked out. We learned that my baby was wrapped multiple times by the umbilical cord and was in distress. I had an emergency C-section, and Annabelle was born in critical condition and taken to Crouse.
We were told that she might not make it through the night, but Annabelle was a fighter and survived. She needed oxygen until a week before she was sent home, and has had seven blood transfusions, laser surgery on both eyes and physical and speech therapy. Her development is very delayed, but she’s making progress little by little.
The staff at Crouse was amazing. Thank U, Crouse NICU!