NICU Miracle Children - Kaidyn's Story
Terry and Alicia Lewis were thrilled when they learned Alicia was pregnant. Because Alicia was considered high risk, she received regular ultrasounds. At 29 weeks, it became apparent that she was suffering from Intra-Uterine Growth Restriction, which meant that her baby was not developing normally. She was admitted to Hurley Medical Center and put on bed rest for six weeks. When her baby’s heart rate continued to slow down, a Caesarean section was performed and Kaidyn Terrell Lewis was born on August 10, 2010 – 11 weeks early. He weighed 1 pound, 5 ounces and was only 12 inches long.
“Kaidyn” was an appropriate name for this miracle baby. It means “little fighter” or “warrior.” That describes Kaidyn perfectly. The highly-specialized team in Hurley’s Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was amazed that this tiny baby was on a ventilator for less than 12 hours. Then he was switched to a breathing machine which he needed for only 1 day! Kaidyn suffered no brain or heart conditions – this tiny fighter just needed time to grow.
Alicia and Terry knew beyond the shadow of a doubt that their son would be okay and said, “By the grace of God and thanks to the outstanding clinical and compassionate care he received at Hurley, we have our son.”
On October 15, 2010, Kaidyn was able to go home, weighing 3 pounds, 14 ounces. He continues to thrive and amazes everyone who meets him. Kaidyn Terrell Lewis is truly a miracle!