2014 Northern Utah Ambassador Family
Samuel Lincoln and Benjamin Noah Strong’s Story
Our story began with a routine checkup ultrasound at 24 weeks. I had been having a lot of Braxton hick’s contractions but didn’t think much of them. During the ultrasound they noticed that even these painless contractions were causing some progression. I remember someone from the NICU came in to explain the risks and complications if my babies were born that day. They were only given a 50% chance of survival and a 90% chance of long-term complications including brain damage. With help from medications and doctors’ care at McKay Dee Hospital we were able to hold off delivery for 4 more weeks.
The twins were born at 28 weeks gestation weighing in at 2 lbs. 10 oz. and 2 lbs. 11 oz. Heartbreakingly at 13 days old we lost our sweet Sam to an infection. Ben also contracted the infection and was transferred to Primary Children’s for evaluation. With treatment Ben survived.
After 11 weeks of growing in the NICU Ben went home with us weighing just 5 lbs. Ben just celebrated his second birthday and now weighs 20 lbs. He continues to struggle with eating and has a feeding tube but otherwise is thriving. He smiles and laughs at everything. He is our little jokester and keeps us smiling each and every day.
The NICU doctors and nurses at both McKay and Primary were amazing. These doctors and nurses tirelessly cared for our newborns all day and all night. They treated the babies as if they were their own. I hope that our story will make a difference to others and am honored to be selected as the ambassador family for this event. March of dimes helps research problems like NEC that threaten the lives of our preterm babies. More research is needed and your donations can help us with that.