It’s been quite an adventure
and I’m glad that I have extremely healthy kids and both of them
have thrived and that’s more than just
helping us live, it’s helping us thrive I’m Marcia Liss.
My sons received their early care at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital. I was at the ultrasound.
I was at 32 weeks and Sam was in distress. Before I knew it, there were attendants
taking my bed from the ultrasound all the way down to the delivery area
and we knew they were going to be C-section cause his twin took up a
breech position very early and he never gave it up
and they were born a minute apart and it was very scary.
His twin who was so much bigger was 3 pounds 12 ounces but Little Sam was only one pound 12 ounces.
He was what they call a micro preemie and he did have surgery.
When you are that little they look at everything and that’s part
of the thoroughness of being in a high-level NICU
and if you need to be there you may not want to need to be there,
but once you’re there they have everything,
and they’re gonna be sure everything’s really good. So it was a very scary time
but it was a time that I was really so grateful to that maternity ward
cocoon support system to the attendants and the
hyper-vigilance of the doctors without being alarmist saying ‘you know –
we’re gonna get through this’ it’s gonna be alright’
and that was good – it pushed me through. So we got to know Dr. Seeva and some of
the other neonatology physicians pretty early, because the first two years
we went back every six months because they were preemies and
especially because Sam was so small they want to follow you up alot more.
And so that also is another thing that gives you a wonderful confidence
that if something’s not going right they’re going to tell us,
they’re going to find out. We won’t be eight years old and
suddenly find out that there’s a problem. The doctors and the nurses at the NICU
were really very, very special. It takes a kinds special dedication to work
in an area with such fragile infants and I think Dr. Seeva exemplifies that
very well. He’s a very bright man.
He really knows exactly how to save babies. He knows how to talk to the parents.
And that’s really quite wonderful. Sam has actually now turned out
to be the athlete from being such a tiny little thing.
He plays baseball. He runs. He’s very good at school. He has this great group of social friends.
Both of them have thrived. Every year Georgetown holds a reunion for
the graduates, as they call them, of the Neonatology Intensive Care Unit. As the boys got older,
I realized that they were doing so well. It was really important to the parents who
had other newborns, other neonates, who were preemies, who had problems, to see my boys doing so well
and to give them that hope. And positive outlook of what can be. As we were preparing
for Joel and Sam’s barmitsva we were looking at their portions
and what was important to them and Sam read the portion that talked
about the midwives that saved the Jewish baby boys including Moses
and the whole rest of the Bible story and he likened it to a phrase that says that,
if you save a life, it is as if you save the whole world,
and he says – when they saved these baby boys
just like when the neonatologists and the NICU saved me. I’m not sure where we would be today if the
boys hadn’t been born there. If they hadn’t been born at a place
that had that special intensive care. But, they have certainly done
the way they have, because they had that great early start.