Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Meet Abigail

Please enjoy Preemie Prints' families’ inspirational story & photos. 
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We pray these special memories from Preemie Prints 
will help families heal and remember how strong 
they were in overcoming their NICU journey together.

Abigail was born via emergency c-section at 27w5days (a little under 7 months). She weighed 1lb 15 oz and was 14 inches long. She was initially intubated and given the medicine surfactant. Then she moved to a CPAP to assist her breathing. She was given dopamine and steroids to help normalize her blood pressure, which prevented her from being treated for her PDA. Her umbilical cord was used as a means to deliver her TPN Fluids, and she did not receive any other type of feeds until she was more stable. She had a cranial ultrasound at 7 days to check for bleeding in her brain. Initially they saw level 2 bleeds. A week later they downgraded their diagnoses to level 1. She started receiving breastmilk feeds through an OG tube. Once she started tolerating those, they increased the amount of feeds and began adding fortifiers to her breastmilk due to her low birth weight and early gestational age. She has had 4 NEC scares, including the one from today. She has received 5 blood transfusions. She has moved from CPAP to High Flow Cannula to Nasal Cannuala (and back and forth and back and forth between those last two). She now weighs 4 lbs and something (its going up and down because of the belly/feeding issues she keeps experiencing), and is on a High Flow Cannula at 2L pumping room level oxygen into her lungs. They treated her PDA with ibuprofen at 32 gestational weeks, and it was effective at shrinking the PDA and decreasing the pressure on her heart.

Abigail’s photo session was taken and donated by Preemie Prints volunteer photographer, Lindsley Rogers.

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 sherri@preemieprints.org and visit our website at www.preemieprints.org. 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 Cumming, GA.

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

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