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Lauren, Ashley, Tabitha & Valerie's Story - 22 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

It was a chaotic day! – When six-year-old Natalie welcomed home her 4new baby sisters and got to hold them for the first time. 

Lauren, Ashley, Tabitha & Valerie had just spent 22 days in the neonatal intensive care unit at Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.

Born premature their shelter and security for those critical first days was a Giraffe Bed – an advanced technology microenvironment that allows the smallest of newborn patients to thrive until they are strong enough to go home. 

For Erin and Dave, they had been anxiously awaiting the birth of their 4 girls.  They had toured the NICU.  They knew their little girls would be “safe and secure.”  They had confidence that the NICU was “well equipped and staffed.”  Still there were anxious moments.

Valerie, the youngest, needed a central catheter line.  Undecided, Dave turned to the nurses and doctors, “they answered my questions thoroughly.  They knew exactly what they were doing.”  

What they did for Valerie and the other 3 girls was “amazing.” Dave went home that night with peace of mind knowing that his wife was recovering and his girls were in “good hands.”

When it comes to the well-being of a family and their newborn baby, Golisano Children’s Hospital wants them to have the same peace of mind knowing that they too will receive compassionate and excellent care in a community setting close to home.

Help us help them by making a gift today to the Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida.  You gift makes a direct impact on the services and care we provide every day.