This is Violet
A spunky, sweet survivor.Play Video
- 40 weeks
- 9 lbs. 1oz.
- Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, Umbilical Artery Perforation, Acute Renal Failure, Supraventricular Tachycardia
- Puzzles, coloring, and building towers.
Born full term, Violet came out of her delivery in crisis. Her umbilical cord had wrapped itself around her body and neck multiple times, causing a critical amount of blood loss and other related complications. Due to the internal bleeding, she was transferred to the care of MN Neonatal Physicians.
Violet remained on ECMO until she was 2 1/2 weeks old and then intubated on the respirator for 4 1/2 more weeks. In total, she spent 75 days in the hospital, 42 of which were spent in the NICU. Mother Laura recalls, “Because Violet was so very ill and nearly died, we didn't have many options, so to speak. The doctor who was on that day told my husband that ECMO was Violet's only option, and in the end, it may not even be enough. We were told she would die without it, and could still die on it. Looking back now, I think that was incredibly brave and kind of our doctor, and had to be so difficult. I can't imagine Violet getting better care anywhere else”, adding, “Violet truly received complete, compassionate care from her doctors and from technology like ECMO.”