My story begins in 1994,when I was transferred to MUSC to deliver a 27 gestational week baby girl. I had Preeclampsia and HELP syndrome, and would have not survived the night, along with my baby. Kayla was delivered weighing 1 lb 14oz, and moved into the world of the NNICU. How do I express my gratitude for the caring and professional way my physicians and the nurses and specialists at MUSC cared for us? Kayla is graduating this year from high school, suffering no marks of prematurity. I credit MUSC for that, and our Saviour, Jesus Christ, who surely has plans for her life.
Eight years later at MUSC, during the 34th week of my second pregnancy, my baby was diagnosed with Wolfe-Parkinson-White syndrome. A careful nurse is the one who discovered that “something was wrong” and would not stop until that “something” was discovered! With the care of excellent cardiac specialists, Jessica was born thriving at 36 weeks. She underwent surgery at 5 by Dr. Saul, and was healed of the life-threatening illness that I am convinced would have been missed at other hospitals.
When we found out we were expecting our third child, we looked not further than MUSC! Once again, my care took on a serious tone as the specialists found early that I had Placenta Previa/Acreta. The surgery to deliver Makenzie was a very dangerous one, but Dr. Johnson and staff I may never meet, did not rest until she was delivered safely at 35 weeks. She too spent time in the NNICU, and I was again astounded at the care they took not only of her, but of our family.
These trials were difficult, by any standards. Much soul searching and tears were part of our daily life. We never took for granted that our children would survive these trials, and we live in awe at the grace of our Lord, and the compassion and skill that all the staff of MUSC showed to our family. Saving lives is what they do best, and we will always be grateful.