Angelica Pedraza: Share Your Story
On August 21, 2012, I was diagnosed with preeclempsia when I was 35 weeks pregnant. I was 20 years old with my first baby. It was all too scary for me. My doctor wanted to deliver my baby at 35 weeks, but I wanted to wait so my baby’s lungs would develop better. I suffered for three weeks, waiting impatiently for the day I could finally meet my baby and the preeclempsia would go away.
Due to my condition, I had a C-section on September 14. Emma was born at 8:15 a.m. and she was only 5 pounds. I cannot explain the joy I felt the very first time I saw her tiny, pretty face. Even though she was little she was a healthy baby. I was glad the nightmare had ended.
Little did I know the real nightmare had just started. After Emma was born, we tried feeding her but it would come back out. They did an x-ray on her and discovered her esophagus and her stomach were not connected, this is called esophagotracheal fistula. She was taken to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in a helicopter and had surgery when she was one-day-old. Dr. Wang performed the surgery.
He and the staff at the hospital were very helpful and friendly the 11 days we were there, with our baby. All the nurses were very positive, professional and made our time there more pleasant. As a young mom going through all this, I can’t thank Children’s Hospital Los Angeles enough for all the support and help we received. There are no words to explain how thankful I am to this amazing hospital. They not only saved my daughter’s life but many others children’s’ lives each and every day.
Emma is now two months old and I can’t explain the happiness I feel when I see her smile and baby talk. But more than anything, just being able to eat.
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To all the parents who currently have kids in Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, DON’T WORRY, this hospital is the best and its staff will do anything they can to help your child. What happened to my baby made me realize that as we live our lives there are thousands of kids and their families suffering from different health conditions. Therefore, I encourage everyone to help and donate to this hospital even the minimum will give kids hope and a chance to live.