James & Lisette Vasquez,
Lawrenceville, NJ

Be a Hero to the Tiniest Babies

Jordayn Vasquez and her twin brother’s birthday should have been January 14, 2003. Apparently no one told them because on November 11, 2002, after only 25 weeks, Jordayn arrived into this world weighing only one pound, two ounces. Unfortunately her brother wasn’t strong enough to survive.

Everyday, hundreds of babies are born fighting for their lives. Everyday, the March of Dimes (MOD) helps them win their fight.

For more than 64 years, their cutting-edge research and innovative programs have saved millions of babies from birth defects, low birthweight and death. WalkAmerica is the MOD biggest fundraiser, helping them reach the day when every baby is born healthy.

And, thanks to organizations like the March of Dimes, which called for the establishment of NICUs in 1976 to care for critically ill infants, Jordayn is healthy today.

Capital Health is the leader in maternal child health and pediatric services, with over 3,000 births annually and the only Regional Perinatal Center and Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) in Mercer County.

Lisette Vasquez knows the importance of this life-saving cause and the excellent care Capital Health provides.

“Because I was a high risk pregnancy, I wanted to be at a hospital with a NICU. I wanted it all together and I found it all at Capital Health,” Ms. Vasquez said.

After being on bed rest for three weeks, Ms. Vasquez went into labor on the 25th week of her pregnancy. Jordayn was born, but there was much work to do.

“After several examinations and tests, it was discovered that Jordayn needed surgery to close off an artery at the heart,” explained Ms. Vasquez.

Jordayn was transferred to a children’s pediatric hospital via helicopter, where the surgery was performed. After a short stay there, Jordayn returned to Capital Health.

“We were happy to get back to the NICU at Capital Health,” said James Vasquez. “We have a positive feeling here and are connected with the physicians and nurses. They have been very honest and straightforward with us - telling us the good with the bad. The entire staff has been great.”

“I know from our experience that the NICU staff works very long hours in very stressful conditions, and they deserve much more credit than they receive,” Mr. Vasquez continued. “They were always there giving us the information we needed and included us as active participants in the healthcare team.”

Even though their daughter was in the NICU, the Vasquez’s were still able to be parents. “We changed diapers, fed and held Jordayn. The staff taught us how to be parents and let Jordayn feel loved,” added Mrs. Vasquez.

It’s a long road, but the Vasquez family continues to be patient.

Lisette is thankful when she thinks about what could have been. “If it weren’t for the medical advances and technologies that are currently available, I’m not sure Jordayn would be here today, doing so well,” she said.
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