Hearts of thanks: A micro-preemie’s journey

Children’s Family Advisory Council has designated this week as Hearts of Thanks week as a way to say thank you and recognize all Children’s staff for the difference they make to them during their experiences in our hospitals and clinics. This week we’ll share some of the letters and stories from families about how our staff has been there to lend a helping a hand, a shoulder to cry on or an encouraging word during some of the most difficult times in their lives. On behalf of the Family Advisory Council, thank you to all of our team members for all you do to brighten the days, and the lives, of our patient families.

Samantha turns 7 this week. She is a big girl who loves ice skating and dinosaurs, but she started out as a 1 pound micro-preemie in the Children’s NICU.

Thank you Nurse Marcy for caring for Sam at her most fragile and for showing us how to change diapers on our tiny, tiny baby. Thank you Nurse Mary, Nurse Heather and Nurse Peg for being our constants in our topsy-turvy 128-day NICU stay. You juggled schedules to be with us on scary days and called in to support us when you couldn’t be there.Your patience, advocacy and love helped us through the hardest time of our lives.

We are forever grateful.

— Michelle Jackman

Sam as a micro-preemie in the NICU and today playing hockey.

Do you have a Children’s employee or team you’d like to thank? Share your message in the comments.

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