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Thank you for taking the time to visit my Walk for Babies fundraising page to benefit the NICU Akron Children’s Hospital.
We appreciate all of the support from our friends and family over the past two years as this event is very important to us.
On August 1st, 2017 Noa was born at 28 weeks weighing 2 lbs and 3 ounces and 14 inches long. Her lungs were not ready to be breathing air so she needed to have a breathing tube placed. Her lungs did not get better as quickly as we would have liked which prolonged our stay. Noa had increased oxygen requirements which can cause many other complications.One of them was that she developed an eye condition called ROP (retinopathy of prematurity) and it progressed to Stage 2 Zone 3. Over time this resolved itself and luckily did not need surgical intervention. For Noa , another complication she developed as a result from negative experiences is oral aversion.She never had the opportunity to learn to suck and swallow until she was about 4 months old and by this time she was over it. After persistently trying to have her eat by mouth and failing, Noa had her g tube placed and we were on our way out the door.
Fast forward to today and we have a happy, smart, goofy and spunky toddler who brightens all of our lives. She is now walking and does everything other toddlers do! She still uses her g tube for all of her nutritional needs but she has really progressed eating and actually swallows some food. She may have taken the scenic route to get where she is today but if it is one thing this little girl has showed us it is she will do what she wants when she is good and ready!
After 170 days of happiness, pain, hope and fear we took our baby girl home and our family was finally under one roof. The NICU is a roller coaster of a journey and something that will forever change you.There was not a moment that we did not wish to take away all of her pain but at the same time this is apart of her story. She is a miracle and has constantly overcome every obstacle.Every smile, laugh, word or silly dance we get from her we have everyone in the NICU to thank for it. The doctors and nurses consistently go above and beyond for the babies and their families. If it were not for some of our nurses I do not know that we would have made it out of their the way we did. We have added so many amazing people to our lives as a result of these experiences and sometimes it hard to believe they were not always a part of them.
We want to thank everyone who has been apart of our journey and all of you for helping us give back to something so dear to our hearts. 100% of all proceeds will go towards Akron Children's Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Thank you for supporting our team and helping us give back in honor of Noa!
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