Medical City Plano, a regional leader and Level III provider of neonatal intensive care (NICU), is gaining national attention by March of Dimes. The organization is recognizing the NICU’s accomplishments by sharing a remarkable patient story in recognition of World Prematurity Day, November 17.
Jennifer Fresneda of Tioga and her family experienced this type of care first-hand. Realizing something wasn’t right during her pregnancy late one night, Jennifer drove herself more than an hour away to Medical City Plano to be evaluated. Later that day, she gave birth at only 23 weeks 3 days to Samuel, who was a micro preemie, weighing just 1 pound 9 ounces.
Due to his early birth, Samuel faced many different complications, which included the need for heart surgery to correct abnormal blood flow between the two major arteries of the heart. Under the care of Medical City Plano’s NICU staff, Samuel became more stable. He was eventually discharged on August 9, just a day before his due date, which is very rare for a baby born at Samuel’s stage.
The March of Dimes recognized Medical City Plano and spotlighted this story to provide support to other families who may have experienced premature babies.
“As the only Level I Trauma Center in Collin County, we are equipped, ready and committed to providing compassionate care when families need us most,” said Charles Gressle, CEO of Medical City Plano. “Stories like Samuel’s share how the specialized care our NICU provides for premature and sick babies is increasing positive outcomes for our tiniest patients, and we’re honored to be recognized by March of Dimes for our efforts.”