Lights for Life NICU – The Fagans

Thursday, November 18, 2010  •  Patient Stories

LFLlogoAsk any parent in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at LRMC, and they’ll tell you…it’s all about family. Family in ways you never expected.

Kristine and Patrick Fagan spent almost 2 months at LRMC before, during and after the birth of their twins, Audrey and Joe, born 8 weeks premature.

“During that time of intensive care, you go through the zone,” says Kristine. “You do what you have to do and don’t really think about.”

Baby Joe had a hard time breathing on his own for some time, and baby Audrey had complications with her heart. Between the two, they required three blood transfusions. “I was an expert on blood types by then,” says Kristine. Mainly because after going through all of the babies’ relatives, they were unable to find a compatible blood donor.

Patrick felt completely helpless, as do most moms and dads in this situation, having to put their trust in the doctors. But fortunately, another dad, whose triplet boys were in the NICU at the same time, was able to help – by donating his blood for the transfusions.

And so the family of caregivers grows.

And now you can join this family of support. In approximately three years, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit is slated for a relocation and transformation. This presents a great opportunity to craft a new unit that will transform the space from one large room to a design that provides comfort and privacy for each family.

According to the Fagans, this change would be tremendous. For example, says Kristine, “Our older son was only allowed to visit two times per week for about 5 minutes each because the area tended to be crowded. It’s difficult because you want older siblings to bond with the new babies.”

This is why the LRMC Foundation is proud to have the opportunity to support the relocation of our NICU through our current Lights for Life Campaign. We hope to raise more than $450,000 to purchase state-of-the-art Giraffe Omnibeds for each patient area and provide enhancements and other amenities for families to reduce stress and improve infant/parent interaction.

Hopefully, in our new unit, there will be plenty of room to create that special family bond.

And speaking of family, Joe and Audrey have been blessed by some other new family members – the NICU nurses, particularly Cindy Brooks. According to Kristine, “Cindy had them the moment they were born, and she has continued to watch them every Wednesday for two years. They fondly refer to her as Grandma Cindy.”