When Chantell Sain was pregnant with her first child back in 2005, it didn’t take long for her to pick out a name.
“We knew he was going to be Clarke, after Clarke Gable,” she explains. But when Clarke arrived on September 20, a full two months early, the name took on a completely different meaning.
“Once he came so early, he became a little Superman, like Clarke Kent. He was born at 32 weeks and was 2 lbs. 10 oz. He was just so fragile, he could fit in the palm of your hand,” Chantell says.
Chantell had been on bed rest with him since she was three months pregnant. Then her water began to leak at 29 weeks and she was admitted to Aurora Sinai Medical Center. Clarke was born at 32 weeks and was immediately taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. That’s where he stayed for the next month.
“I was so fortunate, all he needed was oxygen. I was there with him, every single day. I was able to provide breast milk and he just kept getting stronger and stronger. Just like Superman,” Chantell says.
By the time Clarke was a year old, he had already caught up in size to other kids his age. He is now a healthy, handsome, 10-year-old boy with three younger siblings. Chantell is incredibly grateful for the compassion and expertise of the NICU staff that helped her family in those difficult first weeks of Clarke’s life.
“I saw what the nurses did for him, and for all the other babies who are in even worse shape. They’re caring, feeding, turning them; they have so much to do. And it’s just so important they have the tools they need to save lives,” she says.
You can help ensure other babies like Clarke grow up to be big and strong! You can attend the Tradition of Caring event on Thursday, November 12. Proceeds from the evening will help fund the purchase of CareFusion baby ventilators in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Aurora Sinai Medical Center. CLICK HERE to purchase a ticket, make a gift or learn more about the event.