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New Mom Shares Her Family's NICU Experience

Few things in life match the excitement of a young couple expecting their first child. 

Kara Owen was just 18 weeks pregnant when a routine sonogram revealed a suspicious spot that called for more testing.  As it turned out, tests confirmed her unborn child had gastroschisis – a birth defect where the child’s intestines protrude to the outside of the body through a hole in the abdomen.

At 36 weeks, Mrs. Owen’s obstetrician put her on bed rest.  Two weeks later, she went into labor and (due to complications during labor) delivered her newborn by emergency C-section. 

Shortly after little Mollie’s arrival, a pediatric surgeon successfully performed surgery to repair the gastroschisis.  After 19 days of recovery, Mollie made a smooth transition home and, today, she is a healthy girl with only the tiniest hint of a scar.

“There was a lot of anxiety because there were so many stages of recovery Mollie had to achieve,” Mrs. Owen shared.  “The care we received was wonderful!  I would highly recommend Baptist Health Systems to anyone.  The doctors, nurses, and entire NICU experience was incredible.  Not only did the staff want to make sure Mollie was doing well, they were genuinely concerned about our family as a whole.”

Mrs. Owen laughs when recounting that “Our first night home was a blend of sheer chaos and excitement.  We are very, very grateful for the service and care…and, so thankful Mollie is doing well.”


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