Connie, Tiny Warrior and Capturer of Hearts
In the last few weeks, a tiny warrior by the name of Connie has been capturing hearts.
Connie’s orphanage called us in late January after she was abandoned and found by the police. Although the circumstances of her birth were unknown, they felt she was born prematurely.
Premature babies are those born before 37 weeks gestation. LWB has cared for countless preemies over the last fourteen years, some estimated to have been born even as early as 26-28 weeks, weighing no more than 2.5 pounds. When Connie was found, she weighed 1.7 kilograms, or 3.7 pounds. While that might seem “big” to us compared to some of the preemies we have received in the past, her weight and small size still meant that she needed emergency medical care, especially since she had been left all on her own after birth.
Temperature regulation is one of the biggest challenges for premature babies. Simply struggling to maintain a normal body temperature quickly saps a baby’s energy resources. Baby Connie was evaluated and quickly placed in an incubator designed to help control her environment, protect her from allergens and infections, and maintain her body’s temperature.
As Connie grew stronger in her incubator, she delighted us with her strong cries.
While no one enjoys seeing a baby get upset, Connie’s cries told us that she has a strong will and is fighting to live!
Baby Connie remains in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) but is now eating regularly. Thankfully, she also passed her heart evaluations. Once she has gained a bit more weight, she is ready to be discharged and can be held and fed outside of her incubator!
We were delighted to see her kicking her legs energetically last week as you can see in this short video:
Without our Emergency Medical Fund and generous donors who have supported her hospital stay, baby Connie’s story could have ended very differently. We’re very grateful that we were able to play a part in her story and give her the chance to capture many more hearts as she grows!