KicKee Pants' NICU for YOU- Baby Chandler

Erlanger Health System Foundations
Attn: NICU
975 East Third Street
Chattanooga, TN 37403

Referred by: Erica Strain 

I remember the day that I found out that I was expecting my first child like it was yesterday. After years of trying to have a baby, the realization that my dream of becoming a mother was going to come true. My heart was filled with such joy!

I was a bundle of emotions at my first doctor's appointment. I was so happy and nervous at the same time. Our first ultrasound revealed that I had a sub chorionic hematoma. My doctor warned me that my pregnancy was at high risk for miscarriage given the size of the hematoma. I went through several weeks of weekly ultrasounds to check the size of the hematoma. By week 14, it had appeared that the hematoma had absorbed and everything was going to be fine. We also found out that our sweet baby would be a boy! A strong baby boy.

At week 17, we were faced with another uphill battle. My ultrasound revealed that I had very little amniotic fluid. My doctor referred us to the high risk group in our city.  My heart was broken. I couldn't help but worry about what the days and months ahead would be like.

I saw the high risk doctors just days later. They weren't sure why I had very low amniotic fluid and their outlook wasn't great. I was instructed to come back for another ultrasound every 2 weeks.

At 24 weeks, I was admitted to the High Risk Unit for bed rest and daily ultrasounds. I had extremely low fluid and complete placenta previa. At 25 weeks, my water broke and I lost what little fluid I had. The outlook for baby Chandler was grim. The doctors couldn't say whether his lungs were developed or not given the fact that my amniotic fluid was so low for so long.

I spent 30 nights in the hospital before my tough guy made his arrival. He was born on July 4, 2014 at 29 weeks. He weighed 2 pounds and 13 ounces.

Chandler had a chest tube placed and was incubated on his birthday. It was 8 hours before I was allowed to go back to see him and weeks before I could hold him. Our biggest battle was feeding. Chandler failed his swallow study and we had to thicken all of his milk from that point on. After 94 days in the NICU, Chandler was discharged home with a feeding tube. We were over the moon to have our baby home.

The staff at Erlanger's NICU were wonderful. The doctors were informative and very personable. The nurses were all incredible. They comforted and encouraged me and provided many tissues on the days that I just wanted to just sit by my son and cry. The nurses always made me feel comfortable in taking part in the day to day care of my son. I'm so thankful that our NICU was filled with such compassionate individuals.

Chandler is almost 9 months old now and weighs 16 pounds. He's such a tough little guy! His smile can brighten anyone's day 

Help us Celebrate and Support NICU Babies

Every day thousands of babies are born too soon, too small, and often very sick. We are here to celebrate them as well as raise awareness for NICU support nationwide. 

This donation campaign is very special to us as we have chosen to give back to the NICUs that mean something to you. Help us give back to them so they can make the stay of a future family a comfortable one. 

We are encouraging, YOU, or amazing KP fans, to send a gift, big or small, to this NICU or another one of your choice from our approved list , referred by the 25 KP followers who have shared their courageous stories with us. On behalf of these little ones, let's pull together and SPREAD THE LOVE!  We will be matching every single donation that comes in 1 for 1, until April 25th. Let the giving begin! 


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