Molly Mae McFarland was expected to make her entrance into the world on September 6, 2008. However, she had other plans. Despite great prenatal care throughout her pregnancy, on June 4, 2008, less than 24 hours since her last prenatal check up, Jaime McFarland experienced Spontaneous Premature Rupture Of Membranes (SPROM), which in turn led to hospitalized bed-rest. The Doctors were hoping to keep Jaime pregnant and infection free for as long as possible, striving for at least 8 weeks. On the evening of June 7, 2008 Jaime’s labor started, and continued even after numerous attempts to stop it. Molly Mae McFarland was born at 9:51 am on June 8, 2008, weighing 2 lbs 9 oz and measuring 13 inches long. Molly was unable to breath on her own and was intubated immediately after birth and whisked away to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Molly stayed in the care of the NICU for two months, where she fought numerous infections, received multiple blood transfusions, became strong enough to breath on her own, learned to eat, and grew to 4 lbs. Molly was discharged from the NICU with the understanding that she would remain home-bound and on visitor restriction throughout RSV season at minimum. She had nurses and therapists that came to her home to monitor her health and work with her limited movement and lack of muscle tone and control.
Molly is now 24 months old and weighing 22 lbs. There are still many hurdles ahead as prematurity doesn’t dissipate at discharge, however she is a Miracle and a Blessing!
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Robert & Jamie,
Heather Rivenburg just sent me this link. I had know idea. I’ll be praying for her and you guys and reading more current posts (I just read your ‘About’ page.
Hello I saw your article in the paper and wanted to see if you need any help in the future with any events. My son was born 6 weeks early and was in the NICU for 8 days. I know that does not compare to Molly but I also have another deep connection with the NICU at AAMC my mother in law Roseanne Thompson CNP also works there. Anyway I can help raise money for the NICU I am on board please let me know anyway I can help. I will do my best to help you out anyway I can. I also joined your group for the March of dimes walk so if I do not hear from I will see you than.