Kinley’s Story

Our daughter, Kinley, was born via emergency cesarean at 27 weeks 3 days due to complications related to placenta previa and placenta accreta. She weighed 2 pounds 5 ounces at birth. Nancy had to undergo a multi-hour surgery and spent nearly two weeks in Winnie Palmer Hospital herself. Kinley came out crying, but her lungs tuckered out after fourteen hours and she required respiratory support. Doctors discovered evidence of a level three brain hemorrhage that we continued to track throughout her stay. She was also diagnosed with stage one retinopathy of prematurity that later advanced as far as stage three. Thanks to a lot of saved sick and vacation leave, we were at the hospital every day with Kinley. We stayed at the Ronald McDonald House for the first month while Kinley was in Pods 1, 3 and 6. We then joined her on the eleventh floor for our second month. We all went home after 62 days at Winnie Palmer Hospital. Kinley received physical therapy for a eleven months and continues to regularly see a retina specialist and pulmonologist. Despite all the challenges she faced at birth, Kinley is now an avid swimmer and excels in school.