Lights for Life NICU – The Lazenby Triplets

Thursday, November 18, 2010  •  Patient Stories

The Lazenby Triplets“I was in complete shock going into labor,” recalls Vicky Lazenby.

“Everything had gone so smoothly. I had just seen the doctor, and he’d said all was fine.” But after only 28 weeks, the Lazenby triplets decided it was time to enter the world.

Vicky and husband Robby remember, “The first few hours were a daze. We only got to glimpse at them for a few seconds before they were rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.” However, the nurses made a special effort to wheel Vicky, in her hospital bed, through the NICU to allow her to see each of the babies.

“I was thinking how tiny they were. Their skin was transparent. So many wires and tubes attached to them,” she remembers. However, she says, “We were comfortable having them there. They were where they needed to be, and we could visit and come home and not worry. The doctors and nurses were always updating us – telling us what they were doing and why. They gave us the good and the bad.”

And the coming months would be filled with many goods and bads.

“Elizabeth did great,” says Vicky. She was the first to reach every milestone and had no problems. Emily and Quint were a little different.

Quint suffered a serious hemorrhage early on. He was very sick for a few days, but came through it well. At five weeks, Emily suffered a critical condition involving her stomach and bowels.

“We got the middle of the night phone call,” recall the Lazenbys. “That’s always scary.” But the doctors and nurses reacted quickly, and she was flown to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa and returned 12 days later.

One thing Vicky and Robby appreciated during their 3 months in the NICU was the personal care and the earnest effort to help make a bad situation better. “The nurses and all the staff went out of their way to make things as comfortable as possible.”

And Lakeland Regional is working hard to make the NICU even more comfortable. In the next few 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.

“Having more space would be wonderful,” says Vicky. “There were days we might have spent more time on the unit or spent the night, but the way it’s set up now, it gets crowded.”

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, our new unit will be a comfortable and soothing area, whether you have one baby in the NICU or three babies.

“We can’t say enough about the care,” says Vicky. “You could tell the nurses genuinely cared about the babies. The nurses would hold the babies and give them love. They are wonderful with both you and your babies.”