A Girl of 2-Year-Old Who Spent Her Entire Life after Being Born In Hospital Prematurely Has Finally gone Home.
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A two-year-old girl has been allowed to live with her family after spending her entire life in the hospital after being born preterm with health difficulties in December 2018.
Adelynn Smith, also known as Addy, was born by caesarean section on December 10, 2019, at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns in San Diego after only 27 weeks and four days of pregnancy.
She spent the next 848 days in the hospital, where she coded many times, had to be resuscitated, and was maintained on ventilators and powerful medicines as physicians battled to keep her alive.
Aliesha, 35, and Chris Smith, 36, were finally allowed to take Addy home on April 5, where she was able to spend time with her six-month-old brother.
After spending her entire life in the hospital after being born prematurely with health concerns in December 2018, a two-year-old girl has finally been freed.
The Smiths had been told they wouldn’t be able to have children due to their infertility for years, so when they eventually got pregnant with Addy, they were overjoyed.
Doctors informed the couple of the challenges their child would encounter throughout her life, but they concluded, “This is what it was supposed to be.”
Addie weighed less than a pound when she was born in December 2019. She also needed a ventilator since her lungs were undeveloped.
Adelynn Smith, also known as Addy, was born on December 10, 2019, at Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women & Newborns in San Diego after only 27 weeks and four days of pregnancy.
She spent the next 848 hours in the hospital, where physicians battled to keep her alive by using ventilators and strong medicines.
She was finally switched to a CPAP machine, but she stopped breathing totally when she was three months old.
“We were getting ready to say goodbye since the doctors didn’t think she’d make it,” Aliesha explained.
Doctors resuscitated her for an hour before transferring her from Sharp Mary Birch to Rady Children’s Hospital in March 2020, where she was admitted to the newborn intensive care unit. In her first two days on the job, she coded twice.
Meanwhile, COVID was spreading across the United States, and new hospital restrictions restricted visitors, adding to the anxiety of worried parents.
The couple moved into a motor home, which they parked on the street nearby so they could simply go back and forth and ensure that one parent was constantly by Addy’s side.
They subsequently moved across the street to the Ronald McDonald House.
Addy was still being treated, but had developed chronic lung illness and struggled to breathe on his own. “We didn’t know if she would survive it the next day for a year,” her mother recalled.
She’d go through “episodes” where breathing was especially difficult and she became upset. For a week, this can happen up to ten times per day.
To relax her, doctors had to give her “large quantities of anesthesia” and a paralyzing medicine, and Addy had to take paralyzing drugs for months.
“We didn’t sure if she’d make it the next day for a year,” Aliesha told KPBS.
They had to wean her off all of her medications later.
Dr. Sandeep Khanna, a pediatric intensivist and the medical director of Rady Children’s Hospital’s pediatric critical care unit, was one of Addy’s doctors. Dr. Khanna warned the Smiths that their daughter could remain in the hospital for years, if not decades, but they insisted on doing everything they could to help her.
Aliesha told GMA, “We always understood what the eventual goal was, and that was to get her home.” “And we’ve always scheduled a meeting.” If Addy isn’t ready, she’ll let us know.”
Aliesha Smith, 35, and Chris Smith, 36, were eventually permitted to take Addy home on April 5.
Aiden (seen in his mother’s arms) is the couple’s six-month-old son. She added the couple begged for a sign from God if they had to discontinue the treatment.
Meanwhile, the Smiths welcomed a son, Aiden, last year as Addy was being treated with machines, medications, and physical therapy.
“We didn’t able to spend as much time with our six-month-old kid as we would have liked since we were here with Addy and had to prioritize that,” Aliesha explained. Since Addy returned home two weeks ago, things have started shifting.
Despite the fact that she is still on a ventilator, she is adjusting well at home and connecting with her younger brother.
“With her, it’s been miracle after miracle,” Chris added. “We’re both really excited to see where she’ll go and what she’ll be able to accomplish.” And I’m sure she’ll continue to astonish and delight us.’
“She kind of gave everyone a run for their money,” Aliesha told KPBS. “But she held out and she’s the cutest little thing in the whole world.”
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