Gabriel was born at 27 weeks and just 2lbs 15 oz. His mother’s pregnancy was tremendously difficult. Gabriel’s mother was air-lifted twice from Sierra vista. Initially, she was given magnesium to attempt to stop labor, however, she ultimately became toxic. After three weeks, she was sent home and then 11 days later had another big bleed and was air-lifted back with contractions that were so bad they couldn’t be stopped and she delivered.
Gabriel’s story is an incredible source of inspiration and appreciating the beauty of life. As a NICU mother myself, I am intimately familiar with the struggles that both Gabriel and his mother Wendy face every day. Life at NICU, whether for a short period of time or an extended time frame, is a flurry of anxiety and fear at the most primal level. It’s a cruel assault on the senses with constant beeping and alarms. It’s forever wondering deep in the pit of your stomach, “Will he be okay if I leave to sleep? Will he be here when I come back?”
It’s difficult to explain exactly what life in the NICU is like because every family and case is different. But at the heart of every case is the desperate need for support and encouragement, especially for the mommies watching their babies fight as valiantly as they do every day.
Wendy, I believe in you. You have overcome some of the most incredible circumstances already and you have passed your gentle fighting spirit to your son. I can’t wait to see how your story together flourishes and blossoms.
**Gabriel is now at home with his adoring mother. Congratulations Wendy and Gabriel!!