Miracle Baby Annalise Jackson - Warrior Princess
Help me support Saint Barnabas Medical Center and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit by donating today!
My name is Annalise Jackson, and I am a NICU miracle baby. I was born 4 weeks premature weighing 9 pounds 3 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long. I was put into the NICU because I had a rough entrance into this great big world, I was a case of shoulder dystocia. After I was delivered I was unresponsive and CPR was performed on me for almost 10 minutes before I gasped for air. It was difficult for my parents to see me with all the tubes and wires to help with my breathing and feeding.
The incredibly skilled and caring NICU doctors and nurses put their tireless work in day and night so that I could receive the most amazing care. My parents tell me that during my extensive 4 week stay; they always felt at home and in the best possible hands. Throughout all of the hardships I faced (low heart rate, a stroke, hypoxia, intubation for 4 days, acute kidney failure, broken arm and struggling to take feedings by mouth) the wonderful NICU staff never gave up on me, which I will be eternally grateful for. After 4 weeks I had made a full recovery as my second MRI revealed that I no longer had signs of a stroke or hypoxia and I started producing a lot of wet diapers thanks to my kidneys getting back on line. I was also able to remove my arm wrap after 6 weeks. Today I am a happy healthy 1 year old learning to walk properly and I love climbing the stairs. I am a true blessing to my parents and they thank the doctors and nurses a the NICU everyday.
Miracles happen every day, I am a perfect example. The 17th Annual Miracle Walk is a wonderful family fun-filled day, which raises funds in support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. As a level III Regional Perinatal Center, the NICU offers the latest treatments and modalities in the field to provide the most advanced care for more than 1,100 premature and ill newborns each year. Saint Barnabas NICU has one of the best infant Mortality rates among neonatal intensive care units in the nation. This will be my first Miracle Walk of many and I see it as a way to give back to the great people that helped me, and to all the future members of the NICU. The Miracle Walk is a way for me to recognize, support, and give back to the people that are the reason for where I am today.
On behalf of the entire NICU family and the 1,100 babies they care for annually, I hope you can support my team and I for this year's walk. Your commitment and generosity help to guarantee a strong future for the NICU and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
You can walk with me on October 16th or donate to my team. Your support will matter to so many people. Please join me today!
For questions please call Elizabeth Bennett at Saint Barnabas Medical Center at 973-322-4305 or email email@example.com. To make a donation offline- please mail checks, made out to Saint Barnabas Medical Center, to Miracle Walk, 95 Old Short Hills Rd., West Orange, NJ 07052
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