Here are the incredible stories of our tiny patients and their families told by our Media Partner CTV.
This holiday season there's so much to be thankful for. For the families who spent time waiting for their babies to recover in the BC Women's Newborn ICU there's special meaning in being home for the holidays. On December 25 and on January 1 our friends at CTV will feature some updates on these beautiful babies.
Cindy Ghashghee carried her twins for 37 weeks, and they were both born at a healthy birth weight – Nessa at 6 pounds 8 ounces, and Darius at 5 pounds 4 ounces. But although Nessa’s delivery at their local hospital was normal, it quickly became apparent that Darius was having a much tougher beginning. Click here to read their story and see photos.
Mike McCardell has The Last Word on a special gathering at BC Women's Hospital for families who have a lot to be thankful for.
This past Christmas was a special one for Avery's family.
Avery was born was full term, and with a normal birth, however she needed multiple surgeries and to stay in the NICU for seven weeks to recover and become strong enough to go home. Click here to read Avery's story!
After an emergency cervical cerclage and nine weeks of strict bed rest at BC Women’s Hospital, Mari gave birth to Isla and Elizabeth eleven weeks early.
The night Cheryl first experienced labour pains followed a normal day. ‘Normal’ at that time, meant working a 12-hour shift, then going out for dinner with friends. An RN who works in child and adolescent psychiatry, Cheryl is no stranger to stressful situations. Perhaps this training and experience helped her keep her cool when she woke up at 3 a.m., experiencing strong cramps - she was just under 29 weeks pregnant with her first baby. Click here to read Finnegan's story and see photos.
Jessica’s journey with BC Woman's began early in her pregnancy, when she and her husband found out they were pregnant with triplets – “a huge shock, as they were naturally conceived.” She and her husband had been married less than a year and together for just over a year, and even though they were eager to start a family, it was both joyful and terrifying for them to learn they would soon be a family of five!
- Baby Herschel was born struggling for breath and fighting for his life. Today, thanks to you, he’s a happy, healthy one-year-old boy.
Baby Charlotte Epp came into the world three-and-a-half months premature. Every system in her tiny body was underdeveloped, including her lungs. Charlotte could not have survived without the specialized care and technology made possible by you, our donors.
At 4am on July 24, 2013 my wife Erin was rushed into the delivery room. She tried to mask the pain with a smile and a few nervous jokes. She later told me if she wasn’t laughing, she would have been crying. Our baby’s heartbeat had gone down. They needed to get him out – fast. Erin delivered our baby by emergency cesarean section. He was born at only 25 weeks...
- Adrien received the specialized care he needed to grow and thrive even before he was born, thanks to your donations.
- Lilly was over the moon when she found out she was pregnant with identical twins. But, multiple births have the potential for complications and Lilly’s pregnancy was especially high-risk: a shared placenta had resulted in abnormal blood flow to the babies. The stakes could not have been higher...
- Four hours south of Hyder, Alaska, in a quiet Kitimat neighbourhood, Cooper Sutherland is busy playing like any other active three-year-old. At 35 pounds, he outweighs his best friend by eight pounds and he can already count to 20.
Although Savanna was a full-term baby, complications during labour and delivery put her fragile life at sudden and unexpected risk. Her shoulders got stuck (shoulder dystocia) during delivery, and she breathed in meconium, threatening her newborn lungs.
“We were told she was very sick and needed to be sent to BC Women's Hospital for specialized critical care,” says her mom, Michelle. “We were in total shock.”
Hy's mother Sara tells us about her beautiful little daughter Leni and their family's gratitude to the Newborn ICU.
"On June 22nd, my six-year-old son and I will be running and walking with our friends from the BC Women’s Baby Steps Team in The ScotiaBank Half Marathon in support of BC Women’s Newborn ICU."
CTV's Mike McCardell dropped by BC Women's Hospital for a reunion with families who have something very special in common. Join Mike's visit on CTV.
- When Sean Muggah and Mari Shimada discovered they were expecting twins, they were overjoyed. But at 19 weeks, joy suddenly gave way to crisis when it was discovered that Mari’s cervix was dilated, putting her unborn babies’ lives at risk.
The day after Rachelle Tambeau was induced at BC Women’s – Mother’s Day – is a day she’ll never forget. In the last five minutes of delivery, Rachelle’s baby began showing signs of distress. She had aspirated meconium, which affects a baby’s breathing, and the level of severity was high. Here is her story from CTV
Kelowna couple Sharleen and Thomas Kjorven tell their story of the loving care their baby boy received at BC Women's Newborn ICU for his stay of 99 days.
Born at 29 weeks Rebecca and Samantha were in the BC Women's Newborn ICU with heart and respiratory issues for 94 days and 67 days respectively. Despite their difficult start to life, today they are healthy and happy toddlers. Here is their story with CTV's Mi-Jung Lee.
- “Our pregnancy was a very frightening time,” says Kelley Hishon, whose son Owen was born three months premature at BC Women’s Hospital.
- Greg and Laura Williams express their gratitude to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit by hosting a musical fundraiser to benefit BC Women’s.
- BC Womens Neonatal Follow-up Clinic guides the care of premature babies at risk of developmental challenges.