How did you first become involved with UI Children's Hospital?

My family first became involved with the UI when our son Aramis was born. My wife Brandi was diagnosed with preeclampsia and was sent to the University to be monitored. She would be there for a week before they performed emergency C section. Aramis arrived 6 weeks early and weighed 4 lbs 12oz. He would stay in the NICU for 32 days. During that stay we learned that he had 3 holes in his heart. The doctors said they may close before we leave, but if the didn’t he would require surgery but they would prefer to do it when he was at least 6 months old. We brought Aramis home at the end of March. Only one hole had closed at the time of discharge. Aramis had a difficult time at home, he was too good of a baby and that worried the doctors. He sleep thru the night the moment he got home. We didn’t experience that getting up every two hours for feedings. The doctors explained that for Aramis it’s like he’s running a marathon and drinking at the same time. So he was too tired to do anything that’s why he sleep all the time. The doctors said they didn’t want to wait until he was 6 months old. On May 10th 2012, Aramis under went open heart surgery to repair the two holes. Aramis recovery was amazing he only stayed 4 days when they had planned for 7. Aramis’ 2 year check went well and they were pleased with his physical activity. Aramis doesn’t haven’t go back until he is 7, at that time they will also give him the OK to play sports.

How was your exprience at UI Children's Hospital?

Our experience was amazing!! I can’t thank them enough for everything they have done for my family!! They treated us just like family!! They will always have a special place in our hearts! I owe them a lot!

What would you tell other parents about UI Children's Hospital?

Hands down best hospital ever!! When you’re there you’re family! They will go above and beyond to meet your needs.

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