Success Stories
Shelly

I joined the HANDS program back in February of 2014 after I found out I

was pregnant in January of that year. HANDS is a wonderful program, and I

have learned so much from them being involved in our lives.

Connie, our support worker, is not only a great help, but she is also like

family. My daughter and I both love and appreciate her so much. I had my

daughter at 27 weeks and 4 days. She was 12 week and 3 days premature;

born on May 5, 2014. She was 2 lbs., 4 oz. and 13 1Ž2 inches long. She did

not require oxygen or any other assistive machines besides needing a

feeding tube for the first month and a half of her 63 day stay in NICU. My

little miracle was a feeder/grower. She was able to come home on July 8th,

which was before her due date when she was 4 lbs. 11oz. She was diagnosed

with a heart murmur a week before she came home, but at about 4 months old

there was no more sign of it.

She just turned 15 months August 5th and is 20 lbs. and 29 inches long. My

baby is a healthy, walking thriving toddler who is completely caught up on

everything, and I couldn¹t be more proud.