Born prematurely at 27 weeks, baby Saoirse spent the first part of her life in the BC Women’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), receiving the specialized care she needed to live.
Now healthy and at home, Saoirse’s time in the NICU is behind her. But for her parents Matt and Sabine it will never be forgotten. BC Women’s Hospital will always be the place that gave Saoirse her chance in life and gave the couple comfort and strength when they felt most vulnerable.
“It was through the efforts of BC Women's Hospital, the advanced technology, the love from all the doctors and nurses that Saoirse was able to grow and flourish.” - Sabine
Today Saoirse is a driven, curious toddler. Even as a newborn her family could feel her desire to live, observe, and connect with people, and her wonderful sense of life has not faded since. Her parents believe that these early experiences will one day help her shape the world.
Matt and Sabine wanted to show their gratitude to the Hospital. They brought their friends and family together to raise money for BC Women’s and help more newborns like Saoirse. Most recently, they put up a BC Women’s Baby Tile honouring Saoirse.
“BC Women's Hospital gave us an opportunity to start our family and will forever be a part of that journey.” – Sabine
For this family, the tile holds many meanings. It represents their daughter’s journey, their own gratitude, and hope for future families like theirs. It represents the staff and volunteers who guided them through difficult times and the place where their family began.