After 128 days, or about four months, at St. Mary's NICU, Lorelei went home with no oxygen support and nothing more than a feeding tube, which she used until she was able to eat more on her own. Now, Lorelei is now 17 months (actual) and weighs 17 lbs. She is tube-free and doctor-free, except for an eye doctor whom she sees to correct eye conditions.
"Without St Mary's, the encouragement they gave my husband and I, and their selfless acts of waking every day to stand for 12 hours taking care of my daughter, she wouldn't be here. I owe them my entire life," said Elam. "I remember telling the staff upon leaving, that there was no way I'd ever be able to repay them. They told me that there were multiple ways, but that the biggest way was to continue fighting for my daughter. I haven't stopped."
(Lorelei at 17 months. Source: Bon Secours)
From the St. Mary's family to yours, we want you to know that we are honored to care for your infant. Here are five things to know about the quality, compassionate care provided by the team at St. Mary's' NICU.