Our lives changed forever in the spring of 2009. After using a low-dose fertility medication, we were just as shocked as our doctors to find out we were expecting quintuplets. We were only given a 10% chance of carrying the pregnancy and delivering healthy babies at that point.
At 24 weeks and 3 days – and 5 ½ weeks of hospital bed rest – our worst nightmare came true. Fear and sadness consumed every part of me that morning knowing my babies would be born too soon.
As I lay there in the operating room being prepared for delivery and waiting for my husband to make the 40-minute drive, I could feel each baby moving and kicking like a message telling me, “Mom, I’m alive don’t give up on us.”
Dr. Kantak was the next set of eyes behind a surgical mask I could see. He reassured me they were gathering teams to care for each baby. That moment was quickly followed by the transport teams arriving to safely transport our babies to Akron Children’s Hospital.
Next, we met Dr. Feick who came into the recovery room and communicated with us the details of the delivery. Her medical knowledge was astounding yet she spoke to us as if we were a part of her own family.
Our babies spent 4 very long, very emotional months in Akron Children’s NICU. They faced numerous medical obstacles and each had to undergo a heart surgery during their stay.
We are amazed at not only the medical care we received, but also the love and kindness showed to our family during this difficult time.
We are often asked, “how do you do it?”
Our appreciation towards the medical teams that cared for our family cannot be described. It is hard work and at times not easy, but every diaper I’ve ever changed, load of laundry I do, meal I prepare, face I wipe, story I read is all worth it and possible because of Akron Children’s Hospital.
We are forever grateful!
Akron Children’s NICU cannot be thanked enough for what they have done for our family and for all families and lives they touch. Our story might be interesting because of our number, but we are no more important than anyone else who has had a child in the NICU.
As a way to show our appreciation to the NICU, our family participates in the Walk for Babies each year. Walk for Babies is an event started by Sam and Shelby Snellenberger that raises money specifically to help the families in the NICU. It’s a way to give back and help others.
I am honored to work for Akron Children’s Hospital and thankful each and every day for the care they provide patients and families.
As part of our year-long anniversary celebration, we’re telling the story of Akron Children’s through the eyes of past and present employees, doctors, donors, volunteers and patient families. We encourage you to share your own memories and stories about us.