KicKee Pants' NICU for YOU- Gracyn

Christus St. Michael Hospital 

Attn: NICU

2600 St. Michael Drive

Texarkana, TX 75503

Referred by: Elaina Barlow

After a year of trying to have another baby, my doctor told me I wouldn't have any more kids until I had surgery to clean my tubes out so I completely stopped trying and two months later I got a positive pregnancy test!! At 30 weeks I started going into premature labor. I ended up in the hospital having contractions. I also have a heart condition and the medication I take for my heart is contraindicated with the medication (brethine) they give you to stop contractions. So my doctor couldn't give it to me. I only held her in to 36 weeks. When she was born, she was the perfect shade of pink. About 10 minutes later, she turned blue. The nurses took her to the nursery and put oxygen on her. They called it "transitioning." She was in the nursery for 20 hours with high respirations, retractions, and nasal flaring because the only nurse they had working in there at the time was fresh out of school and didn't realize how bad she was struggling and told my doctor that she was okay when he would call to check in.  When the more experienced nurse came to work, she immediately called my doctor and told him that Gracyn needed to be shipped to the nearest NICU. When she got to the NICU, they discovered that not only were her lungs not mature yet, but her right lung had collapsed from struggling to breathe for so long. She spent her first two weeks in the NICU and even though it was the scariest part of my life, we had a great experience and a great NICU doctor. She's now a very happy and healthy 4 year old and her lungs work perfectly! 

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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