Andrea’s Journey

Donors to BC Women’s Newborn ICU like you, helped ensure Andrea’s babies had access the very highest level of specialized care at a time of medical crisis.
Every mother dreams of the perfect pregnancy and birth. But life doesn’t always deliver what we expect. Andrea Sandhu was 26 weeks pregnant with twins when she suddenly went into labour. It was the beginning of a harrowing five-month journey for Andrea, her husband Kevin and her babies.

Andrea delivered her twin sons – Nikhil, who weighed 2.2 pounds, and Kai, who weighed 1.5 pounds – at BC Women’s Hospital on May 9, 2012. Premature and both very sick, the babies were immediately sent to the Newborn ICU for life-saving care. It’s here, the two infant boys would battle to survive.

Through the many tense weeks, both babies received the highest level of critical care from a team of BC’s top medical experts. However, even the best care does not always produce a successful outcome, and at six weeks, baby Nikhil passed away. But, his brother Kai not only survived, he spent the next four months in the Newborn ICU overcoming every challenge that came his way. Today, the tiny twin who entered the world weighing less than two pounds, is a thriving toddler.

Although the family’s journey was extremely difficult and painful, Andrea says the care her sons received at BC Women’s Newborn ICU was exceptional. She’s grateful, too, for the compassion and support she and Kevin received from doctors, nurses and other team members during the long, difficult weeks.

“Despite it being a really rough experience and losing Nikhil, the staff were an amazing part of our lives,” says Andrea. “I have the utmost respect and gratitude for everything they did for us at BC Women’s Hospital.”

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By Gail Johnson for Women's Magazine

Photo of Andrea and Kai by Claudette Carracedo