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Stephanie was only 23 weeks pregnant when baby Riley came into the world, weighing just over 1 lb. The doctors in Sarnia knew Riley needed advanced paediatric care beyond what they could provide. Within minutes, they were on the phone with Children’s Hospital’s Transport Team, asking them to come pick him up.
Riley’s journey in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Children’s Hospital was long. He needed help from special equipment to be able to breathe because of his underdeveloped lungs. He also had a hole in his heart and a bi-lateral brain bleed.
After three long weeks, Stephanie got to hold her son for the first time. And after 123 long days in the NICU, Riley was able to go home with his family.
Today, Riley is a chatty, active baby that is meeting his milestones and doing just fine, thanks to the care and equipment in the NICU.