Thursday, December 10, 2015

Ezra's NICU Photo Shoot

Please enjoy Preemie Prints' families’ inspirational story & photos. 
Consider supporting our mission to share hope with families who have a baby born prematurely or critically ill. We thank our supporters, Preemie Prints volunteers, and donors for allowing us to continue touching the lives of NICU, preemie, and angel families.

We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints 
will help families heal and remember how strong 
they were in overcoming their NICU journey together.

“My son Ezra Kai was born May 31st at 24 weeks & 6 days. His original due date was September 14th. I woke up the night of May 25th with what I thought were severe cramps. Went to the ER in Pearland, where I was told I was in active labor and flown to Memorial Hermann hospital in the Medical Center. I was able to keep Ezra in for 6 days before giving birth to him via emergency C-section.

He has been a fighter from day one. At 5 days of life he had surgery to repair an isolated perforation in his intestine. When the surgeons got in there they discovered the area was too contaminated to repair, so he had to have an Ostomy. He ended up getting an infection from that surgery that lead to us almost losing him. After that he acquired three separate staph infections from his PICC line, and seemed to run in to set back after set back. We later discovered he had Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP), which he received injections in each eye to correct. Thus far it seems to have worked, although we will have to follow up with an ophthalmologist for years to come. A few months ago we started having issues with his Ostomy. The ostomy started to heal shut so he was unable to get rid of waste. Although he was much smaller than they'd have liked for him to be, he had to have his reconstructive surgery. After his surgery we ran into yet more complications. His incision busted open, and he started drooling through his incision (stomach). This put him back on the ventilator since it distended his stomach and made it hard to breathe. Thankfully that problem is now corrected. Unfortunately, because of all the respiratory support he now has severe chronic lung disease, and has also run into some glucose issues. Being on a high flow cannula also means he is unable to bottle feed. Ezra turned 5 months on Halloween, and we look to be in the NICU for a while longer. We have been in the NICU for 155 days, and I would love to get some newborn pictures of my son while he is still a newborn.”

A Note From Mindy:

“Baby Ezra was born premature at just 24 weeks & 6 days, weighing a very tiny 1 lb., 2 ounces.  Ezra has had a number of health issues, but he’s growing well and will hopefully go home soon.  It was a blessing to meet baby Ezra and his sweet Mommy and Daddy.”

Photos belong to our volunteer photographers, families, 
and organization please do not use for any purpose. 

Preemie Prints is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization sharing hope with NICU families through a variety of support programs. One of those programs is the gift of NICU photography and preemie photography. NICU families from across the US can request a no-charge photography session by a Preemie Prints volunteer. The family request from can be found on the right side of our website. These sessions are free of charge and for any NICU family, regardless of time spent in the NICU. The NICU photo shoot can take place inside the NICU or after baby is discharged and at home until their 1st birthday. Facing time in a NICU with a premature or critically ill baby is an extremely difficult time for families. Preemie Prints has a mission to share hope by letting families know they are not alone. Preemie Prints currently has over 100 volunteers nationwide. We are always looking for more volunteers to share in our mission! If you are interested, please email and visit our website at To date Preemie Prints and our volunteers have gifted over 400 NICU family sessions. 

This was a Preemie Prints NICU graduate photography session that took place near Houston, TX.

We're thankful to the family for sharing their story & memories in support of other NICU families.

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