Elyse is a vibrant, fun-loving little girl who loves singing, dancing and playing with her older sister. However, due to complications at birth, Elyse almost had a very different life.
Before Elyse was born her mother experienced a placental abruption. This is a dangerous condition where the placenta separates from the lining of the uterus, cutting the baby off from all life support. Elyse's father quickly drove her mother to the hospital where she needed to receive an emergency C-section. Immediately after Elyse was born, the Critical Care Transport Team transported her to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children, where a team of neonatal intensive care specialists were standing by for her arrival. While in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Elyse was treated with a process called cooling protocol. This treatment lowered her body temperature, slowing her metabolism, and limiting tissue destruction of her brain and vital organs. Elyse spent roughly a month in the NICU before returning home to her family. She is still cared for by the Nephrology team at St. Christopher's and we look forward to seeing her continue to grow.