Medical City Plano September 27, 2018

Miracle micro preemie travels from Arizona to attend NICU reunion 22 years later

PLANO, Texas – Tressa Teetsel, born four months early at Medical City Plano, is returning to thank the staff that cared for her 22 year ago. At 1 pound 3 ounces, Teetsel was a micro preemie when she was born on November 18, 1995. She is returning to the hospital that saved her life for its annual NICU reunion to offer hope and inspiration for other families with premature babies.

Medical City Plano is hosting its annual NICU reunion, an event for former NICU patients and families to reunite with staff. This year Medical City Plano is honoring Teetsel as she returns to the hospital from her current home in Arizona. The reunion will take place at Medical City Plano’s 3rd floor Auditorium, 4001 West 15th Street, on Saturday, September 29 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“Tressa was given less than 10% chance of surviving 72 hours,” Teetsel’s mother, Nancy Teetsel said. “Through difficult decisions and treatments, overcoming numerous complications and excellent care (for both Tressa and her parents), Tressa was discharged weighing 6 pounds 15 ounces on March 14, 1996 after 117 days in the NICU.”

Since leaving Medical City Plano, Teetsel’s life has been a success story. She graduated from high school with the second highest GPA and this December graduates from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Science and a minor in microbiology. She plans to attend graduate school and become a veterinarian. 

Media Opportunities: Interviews with Tressa Teetsel and her parents, Medical City Plano NICU staff. Please text Melissa Sauvage if you plan to attend at 469-642-7138