“We have much love and gratitude for the entire NICU”

Evelynn Grace Elizondo weighed just 1.6 pounds when she was born at Kadlec at 26 weeks gestation. During her first 3 ½ minutes of life, she received CPR. The lifesaving interventions continued for tiny Evelynn as she spent the next 99 days in Kadlec’s level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) surrounded by specialized equipment and a highly trained staff.

Foundation donors played a role in Evelynn’s recovery. Foundation grants funded a Transcutaneous Monitoring system, which analyzed her blood gases and allowed immediate intervention as needed. She used the donor-funded mamaRoo® system, an infant seat that mimics motions parents make when soothing their babies. When released, Evelynn received a SleepSack, provided through Foundation funding, which cuts down on the risk of SIDS for fragile newborns.

Evelynn, now 13 months old, nearly 17 pounds and 28 inches long, is meeting every milestone.

Your Generosity Provided NICU And Pediatric Grants

  • Transcutaneous blood oxygen monitoring system
  • Freddy Frog preemie positioners
  • mamaRoo® natural motion seat
  • Milk warmers
  • SleepSacks to help prevent SIDS
  • Toys for hospitalized kids during holidays and birthdays
  • Holiday Party for oncology and IV therapy patients


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