|Edwards Family NICU|
The new 14-bed Edwards Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit welcomed its first tiny patients in February 2014. As a “level 3” unit, the most state-of-the-art NICU in Canada cared for more than 250 of our community’s sickest newborns in its first year. Babies in the new NICU have immediate access to pediatric specialists from across all areas of our hospital. They also benefit from the expertise of researchers examining new ways to help high-risk babies, including those born prematurely , deprived of oxygen during birth or with complex health issues such as heart, brain or gastrointestinal problems. These important studies are aimed at enhancing and developing interventions, predicting outcomes and improving survival and overall health.
Becoming parents has been an emotional roller coaster from the beginning for Ann and Denny. Ann had an emergency C-section at 33 weeks to deliver Parker and Emma. Just 48 hours after his birth, Parker was whisked away to the Alberta Children’s Hospital with serious intestinal problems and he would need surgery immediately.
In the first six weeks of his life, Parker had four surgeries and he only weighed 5 lbs. He was suffering from many things, including a heart murmur, a small colon and enlarged kidneys.
Though Parker’s journey is not over, the team hopes one day his system will be able to function properly without intervention. Ann is so grateful to the all of the different departments and specialists that have worked so hard to save Parker and make his quality of life as good as it can possibly be. Click here to listen to Ann tell Parker's story.