Shortly before Independence Day, Jaycina gave birth to her first child, Kameron. Jaycina knew this was going to be a long, strenuous second half of summer as Kameron was born premature at 25 weeks and six days gestation, approximately 13 weeks early. His early birth exposed him to a multitude of potential medical complications ranging from head bleeds, feeding difficulties and breathing problems. Kameron’s doctors worked diligently to give him the best chance. Jaycina can still remember the initial discussion with her Neontologists in preparation for the long, narrow road ahead, but nothing could have prepared her enough for the impending surprise.
Kameron developed feeding difficulties, which ultimately lead to the diagnosis of intestinal malrotation, a relatively uncommon condition in term infants and difficult to diagnose in premature infants. Malrotation is twisting of the intestines caused by abnormal development while a fetus is in the womb and can cause devastating problems later in life. Luckily, this is something Jaycina’s doctors were able to identify in a timely fashion.
Kameron was transferred to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children from a suburban hospital a little more than three weeks after he was born. In order to give Kameron the best fighting chance, surgeons at St. Christopher’s, with support from the neonatology team, performed surgery on him soon after arrival.
“I was unfamiliar with the doctors at St. Christopher’s before transferring, but once I was there they made sure I understood exactly what Kameron needed done medically,” said Jaycina. “Every day, they helped my son progress and I’m so blessed Kameron had such a remarkable team of doctors and nurses.”
Dr. Grier Arthur, Section of Pediatric Surgery and Dr. Anja Mowes, Section of Neonatal Medicine were both part of the team caring for Kameron during his time at St. Christopher’s.
“Due to Kameron’s extremely small size, the procedure to correct malrotation was extremely tricky,” Dr. Grier Arthur explained. “His first few days following the operation were touch and go, but he proved to be a tough little guy and recovered extremely well.”
“The outcome of Kameron’s condition was time sensitive. Fast transport, quick decision making and close team work of intensivists and surgeons were all essential for a positive result,” Dr. Anja Mowes explained.
The NICU doctors and nurses closely cared for Kameron around the clock to make sure his post-surgery went well. With remarkable resilience, Kameron was placed on multiple vitamin supplements and a feeding tube in his first few months of life. Jaycina insisted on keeping the mood and atmosphere positive in her first baby’s NICU room on the 4th floor of St. Christopher’s new Critical Care Tower.
“Kameron is truly my little fighter,” Jaycina says glowing with joy. “With the strength of my family and support from the team at St. Christopher’s, I was able to remain strong throughout this process.”
Now, Kameron is at home with his loving family. Jaycina cheerfully explained that she is already thinking about exciting trips she can take with her son in the future.