Stories

Stories from the NICU

Every single day a new success story emerges from a Calgary NICU. It is these stories — the courage of the families and perseverance of NICU staff — that continues to motivate us for the Newborns Need campaign.  

Read the inspiring stories from those who have been directly impacted by the support, care and education they received from a Calgary Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Little Ayaan, the precious first child of Sajeema and Muzammil, was diagnosed in utero with a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH), causing his diaphragm to not form completely as a fetus. Sajeema was induced at 38 weeks as the doctors felt tiny Ayaan needed to be cared for right away. Ayaan was placed in the quietest corner of the NICU because of his sensitivity to sound. When the family first went to visit him, they couldn’t even talk. He spent the first eight months of his life in the hospital. After four surgeries, Ayaan is now doing very well, and is eating with a special feeding tube. There is still much research to be done about what causes CDH, but his family is so grateful for the amazing care they received for Ayaan. "Every baby born with CDH should be given a...

Abel was born at just 33 weeks, after a difficult and high-risk pregnancy. At two-months old he was still tiny, less than seven pounds, but his parents thought his major troubles were behind him. However, that wasn’t the case. Abel was resting in his bouncy chair when his mom, Lisa, heard a gagging sound from him. He was having a seizure and then went limp. They rushed Abel to the Emergency Room at South Health Campus, only five minutes away from their home where he was immediately taken into the resuscitation room. Abel had a collapsed lung and the medical team worked quickly to intubate and stabilize him. They urged Lisa to get close to her son while they worked around her, telling her that Abel would recognize her voice, her touch and her scent and that she was a vital member...