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Gavin

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Gavin Vincent Rutter was born at 25 weeks on August 1, 2014 at 1 pound 4 ounces at Einstein Medical Center Montgomery. Ashley was admitted to the hospital with preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome and after 5 days, Gavin was born by emergency C-section. After 3 days in the NICU at Einstein, he was transported to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in the event he would need advanced care. During his 123 day stay, he had heart surgery for a PDA ligation and hernia surgery. He spent almost 3 months of his 4 month stay on a breathing and feeding tube, but was able to come home without any medical assistance.

We truly attribute the medical professionals at Einstein Montgomery for saving Gavin’s life, and the doctors and nurses at CHOP for keeping him alive and helping him to come home without any lingering issues. Navigating the NICU experience is difficult…you don’t know what to expect and we wish we would have had other veteran parents to talk to so that they could tell us we weren’t crazy on the days that we wanted to cry and to feel their empathy about our frustrations and milestones.

Hearing someone else’s story would have made me feel like everything was going to be okay…that someone else made it through to the other side. There’s so many little things that only parents of children in the hospital can understand and I wanted to hear their stories, smile at their victories and pray for their obstacles. That’s why organizations like TODAY is a Good Day are so helpful.

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