Kaitlin's NICU Story

Jun 6, 2019
Photo of KaitlinNow 17 months old, Kaitlin weighed just 2 1/2 pounds — and could fit in her parents’ hands — when she was born. Now she’s a thriving, outgoing little girl, thanks to Sierra Vista’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Celebrating 30 years of NICU miracles.

Mom: “Kaitlin is doing great. She is 17 months now. Very social and outgoing and loves to talk.”

Dad: “She loves to explore and play and build and break and is just everything we hoped she would be.”

Mom: “I don’t think we really knew that she was coming until it was, like, happening. She was three months early. Everybody was saying, ‘Oh, are they going to have to transfer her,’ but I’m like, ‘No, they have a NICU here.”

Dad: “Seeing her when she’s two and a half pounds and fits in a hand is terrifying and you don’t know what to expect.”

Mom: “One of the nurses told us just to enjoy watching her grow from the outside, so that’s kind of how we went about the entire time.”

Dad: “The staff at Sierra Vista was tremendous. They certainly helped to reassure us at every turn and make sure we knew what was going on, which was helpful.”

Mom: “One of the night nurses made this book for us and it’s just every single cry picture I think I ever sent her.”

Dad: “The back of the book is a real winner.”

Dad: “They raised this little runt from two and a half pounds to the little explosive firecracker that she is. We don’t possess the vocabulary to thank them enough.”

30 years of miracles. Sierra Vista Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.