April 25, 2012 09:00 AM
By Lisa Stone, Co-Founder, BlogHer
Citi and the March of Dimes have worked together for the past dozen years by donating funds to improve the health of babies. Our employees and their families have been eager to participate in our fundraising efforts - especially when the cause hits close to home. Read a story from Citi employees, Sierra and Bob Clemments, below:
"We found out we were pregnant in October of 2008 with our third child. At the end of December, we were extremely excited to learn it would be a little girl -- our first, as we already had two little boys. My pregnancy was okay at first, but after the new year it started to take a turn for the worst. I was meeting with my doctor every other week, setting goals to make it to 28 weeks, 30 weeks, and 32 weeks. I was determined to make it to 32 weeks or further. I knew I had to do it not only for myself, but for my baby.
On May 11th, the C-section incision pains I'd been experiencing throughout the pregnancy worsened. I felt like I was going to explode. The pain was so bad, that all I could do was cry. After calling my doctor, it was decided that I needed to be admitted to the hospital. When I got to the hospital, I was told that I would be having her that day, but they later decided they wanted to do some more tests and have me meet with a perinatologist. The perinatologist decided that my little girl needed to be delivered as the risk was way too high and I could lose my life as well as my baby girl's life if we didn't get her out immediately.
Alexia Marisa Clemments was born on May 13th, 2009 at 14 minutes after midnight, at 6lbs 8oz. Hearing her cry was the most glorious thing ever, because I knew then that she would be fine. Lexi went into Respiratory Distress and required help with breathing shortly after she was born. She came off the ventilator after only 3 hours and never had to go back on it. She spent a week on oxygen and most of her stay with a feeding tube down her nose. She spent two very LONG weeks in the NICU at Ogden Regional. I know many babies spend way more time, but to a Mom even a day is way too long. On our way out of the NICU, we were advised that my daughter had a heart condition and would need to be seen at the Children's Hospital in Salt Lake City. After tests and ECHOs, she was diagnosed with Pulmonary Stenosis with a PDA and PFO.
Well on March 24th, we got the best news of our lives. Instead of surgery to fix Lexi's heart, her heart healed on its own. She is now a healthy almost 3 years old doing things that doctors believed she wouldn't be doing for a long time. She is gaining weight, eating well and loves her brothers. None of this would have been possible without all the technology and great medical care my daughter received. I never imagined anything happening like this to my family and I never thought I would have to share a story like this. This is a happy ending to our roller coaster ride and I am so thankful for all the research and for MOD."