We have much love and gratitude to the entire NICU

Evelynn Grace Elizondo

Ana Elizondo was having an uneventful pregnancy when she went in for her gender reveal appointment at 20 weeks. She was having a girl, but the other news she received was devastating. The ultrasound showed some concerns and she was already dilating. The doctor admitted Ana for emergency surgery in an attempt to keep the baby from being born early, but, unfortunately, it was not successful which resulted in immediate bed rest for the remainder of the pregnancy.

Ana was understandably concerned and the doctors were telling her that under 24 weeks gestation, there was not much that could be done for the baby if she came early. She spent almost two weeks hospitalized, including Christmas, and was discharged on December 26.

Ana was back January 14 and baby girl Evelynn Grace Elizondo was born January 25 at 26 weeks and 1 day gestation at just 730 grams or 1.6 pounds. Evelynn spent her first 3 ½ minutes of life receiving CPR.

After mom and baby were stabilized, Evelynn was admitted to Kadlec’s level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The next 99 days of her stay in the NICU was a whirlwind of machines, tubes, a blood transfusion, coordinated care with the respiratory therapists and lots of communication with the NICU care team of nurses, nurse practitioners and physicians. Evelynn is now home with her parents and siblings and is meeting every milestone.

Ana and her spouse Rita have "much love and gratitude to the entire team in the NICU" and were grateful to the extras provided through Kadlec Foundation grants. Foundation donors funded a Transcutaneous Monitoring System that monitored Evelynn’s blood gases in her early stages cutting down on the number of invasive blood draws and allowing immediate intervention if and when needed. They also utilized the donor funded Mamaroo system which is an infant seat that mimics motions parents make when soothing their babies. The parents also received a SleepSack which provides safe swaddling and cuts down on the risk of SIDS with fragile newborns. The SleepSacks are also provided through a Foundation grant for all parents who go through the newborn CPR class offered at Kadlec.

Thank you, Kadlec Foundation donors, for making an impact in the lives of the smallest patients at Kadlec. To be a part of this special legacy, learn more at browse our website or call the Foundation: 509-942-2661.