When Derek and Alex look at their sweet baby girl, Day, they know she’s one in a million. Her big, bright smile, her constant giggles, her little smacking-lip kisses, and her resilience…all contribute to her wonderful presence in the world.
Shortly after Alex gave birth to Day, Intermountain caregivers quickly began performing CPR. Alex and Derek were surprised. Confused. Shocked. Ten minutes of CPR and one Life Flight helicopter ride later, they found themselves in the NICU at Primary Children’s Hospital. This was not how the new family expected to spend their first precious moments of life with their firstborn…
Day was soon diagnosed with a rare condition called VACTREL, a group of specific birth defects affecting multiple regions of the body. Day falls into the 1% of VACTREL diagnosed children with all seven birth defects. She had something wrong in almost every part of her body.
Day is truly one in a million.
So far, Day has spent her entire life – all eight months – at the Primary Children’s Hospital NICU. In this time, Day’s care team has become so much more than healthcare providers. They are her family. Alex reflects, “Their care and concern made a terrifying situation become bearable. They are the unsung heroes. We owe them Day’s life.”
Day has triumphed through it all. She loves to explore the world around her through Music and Pet Therapy services at the hospital. She shows everyone around her how to be strong, resilient, and keep fighting every day!
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