“I am so grateful. One of the scariest and worst experiences in my life turned into something beautiful.”
Yaima Navarro Fragoso was 32 weeks pregnant with her second child when she was admitted to Kendall Regional Medical Center in Miami, Florida, and diagnosed with preeclampsia and gestational hypertension.
Yaima recalls, “It was very scary, but I was treated diligently and monitored closely by all the staff at Kendall’s Maternity Department. They treated me as if I was part of a family.”
A week later, her baby’s heart rate decreased, and at just 33 weeks, an emergency cesarean was performed. Yaima’s son, Gael Gonzalez Navarro, was born weighing 2 1/2 pounds.
While Yaima was stabilized, Gael was admitted to Kendall’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to receive respiratory support and fluids. Yaima says, “I never thought this would happen. Although it was one of the scariest moments in my life, the NICU team quickly gave me confidence that my baby would be OK. Every single time I went home, I knew that he was well attended and protected.”
NICU caregivers have a special way of caring for babies and families. Yaima says, “Every single staff member in the NICU department is phenomenal. Aside from the intelligence and the knowledge they bring to the table, they perform their jobs with so much love. They truly care for each baby and each family in that unit, and they are so hardworking and dedicated.”
After 44 days in the NICU, and finally able to eat and breathe on his own, Gael was discharged. In the months since, he has been doing very well. As questions or concerns have come up, Yaima has found the caregivers at Kendall as supportive and nurturing as ever. “Even though I am no longer at the unit every single day, they still treat me like family. They answer all of my questions and offer me so much support. They reassure me that no matter what concerns or fears I may have, they will always be there to help—and that’s exactly what they’ve done.”
Now that Yaima and Gael are home and healthy, Yaima reflects on the entire experience with gratitude.