Meet Memphis & Savannah
Memphis and Savannah came into this world eagerly and early. Born four months premature, they each weighed one and a half pounds, small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. Within the first two weeks of their lives, Memphis and Savannah were transferred to the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Primary Children’s Hospital. Because their cases were more advanced, they would need the expertise only found at Primary Children’s in order to save their lives. By the time their parents were able to take them home eight months later, the twins had undergone a combined:
- 12 surgeries
- 7 battles with sepsis
- 9 months of intubation
- PICC lines
- IV nutrition
“For months we sat bedside, unable to hold them often or at all, just praying for their lives and hoping our being there was making a difference. Savannah spent 190 days, and Memphis 235 days, with the fabulous NICU team at Primary Children’s Hospital until we were able to bring them home.
We will never forget our NICU family, and we will never stop being grateful for them.” – Shanda, twins’ mother. Memphis and Savannah have several ongoing diagnoses, including Cerebral Palsy. They each require tube feeding and will continue to need this assistance for the foreseeable future. Their current combined surgery count is now an impressive 23!
Today, the twins are three years old and continue to have bright, fighting spirits. Their parents, Shanda and Chris, reflect on their progress and share, “They are more mobile, and interactive, and loving than we ever had hope to believe they would be.” “They are social, super-happy little toddlers. Neither of them lets anything stand in their way. We couldn’t be prouder of all they are doing. We are so lucky to have the privilege of being their parents!”
During this pandemic, the battle continues for many newborn babies in Primary Children’s Hospital’s NICU. Many families during this time need support from our community as they face unprecedented isolation in order to protect their child. You can make a difference in the lives of these families.