NICU Patient Stories
In Ballad Health’s neonatal intensive care units, our region’s smallest patients get the care they need to thrive.
Our experts help sick and premature babies through their first weeks and months of life, so they can grow up strong and healthy.
Get to know some of these little miracles.
Down syndrome, surgery, leukemia
At 7 months old, Eleanor has battled more health issues than most adults. Born 2 months early with Down syndrome, she faced stomach surgery at just 2 days old and spent the first month of her life in the NICU at Niswonger Children’s Hospital.
Rescued by love and special care
Aiden was one of the statistics you see in the news. Born addicted to drugs his mother took while pregnant, he spent the beginning of his life in the NICU of Niswonger Children’s in a special unit for babies suffering from drug withdrawal.
Niswonger Children's Stories
In January 2017, 5-year old Ellee’s journey started with excruciating leg pain and a visit to Niswonger Children’s Hospital’s emergency room. Within a few hours, she was admitted and diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, then flown to Memphis two days later.
Down syndrome, acute lymphoblastic leukemia
Named after her great grandmother, Arimina (Air-ah-mine-ah) is a little girl who is as special — and as strong — as her name, which means “soldier.” Born with Down syndrome and now diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, Arimina and her family have bravely faced some tough times.
NICU family care
Kim didn’t expect to go into labor three months before her due date, which meant she would spend the rest of her pregnancy in the hospital. Of course, she didn’t expect her babies to be born two months early weighing less than 3 pounds, and she certainly didn’t expect to have a hysterectomy following a C-section.