In July of 2009 I was excited to learn that I was pregnant with my first child. During our 20-week ultrasound we found out that we were having a girl but unfortunately her kidney’s were dilated. The week of Thanksgiving I could not feel her move and I was having pains so I went to my doctor & they told me everything was fine. I went to the high-risk doctor for a second opinion and our life changed. He told me that my baby girl had to be delivered by emergency c-section at 26 weeks & 5 days. All I could think about was why is this happening to me, what did I do wrong, & will she be ok?
Emma Nickole aka Nicki was born at 1lb & 5oz & 12 inches long at 1:48 p.m. Since she was so small she was rushed directly to the NICU. I did not get to see her until 9:30 that night. She was so tiny & hooked up to all types of machines. I was so scared for our little girl. The nurses and doctors told me that she was in the best place & her likelihood of survival was 85%. We went to the NICU everyday at 3 least times a day or more.
On December 17 we were told that she had a massive stroke & she was not going to survive. We were crushed but she hung in there. On Christmas day I got to hold & bathe my little girl for the first time. She was finally taken off of the oxygen but could not get off the IV’s that was giving her the nutrition that she needed. She was having feeding issues. They did tests to find out why she could not hold her food down due to acid reflux. We stayed in the NICU until March 29, 2010 and then we were transferred to Children’s Hospital of Georgia in Georgia to have an esophagus wrap & a g-tube placement, which was done on April 20, 2010. She stayed in Augusta for 6 weeks. We were finally released on May 6, 2010.
In July 2010 she had kidney surgery to take off the dead part of her kidney in Augusta. We still go to Augusta for regular check ups. Today she is an active 3 year old that does not let anything or anyone get her down. She does have some developmental delays but she thrives everyday.
To say thank you for everything they have done for our family we are raising money for Children’s Hospital of Georgia so they can help kids like Nicki get better. Every dollar you donate goes directly to the hospital to help them buy life saving equipment and provide world-class care to kids all over Georgia. Any contribution will help, and all donations are tax deductible.
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Nicki Harper (Captain)
$125.00 Amount Raised 2 Donations Received