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Dec 23, 2011 8:55 PM by Trovette Tottress

NICU baby going home for Christmas

This Christmas, Maria Rangel is counting her blessings.

"He's a good baby. He's not a real crier, he's real calm", said Maria Rangel.

But unlike her baby boy, on December 5th, Maria was anything but calm. At seven months pregnant  she went into labor. She knew something was wrong.

"It was a snowy day. It was a cold day and I started getting my contractions about 10:00a.m.", said Maria Rangel.

That's when she started to panic.

"I was scared because I didn't know what was going to happen", said Maria Rangel.

Maria's due date was mid January. Her baby boy would arrive seven weeks early. He was unable to breathe on his own.

"Everybody was praying for him at home", said Maria Rangel.

Since his birth, Maria has never left baby Jacob's side. She kept the hope that one day her little angel would get to go home to see his three older brothers. Today, her wish is now coming true.
"It's exciting to go home with my boys and my family and to take him with me is even better", said Maria Rangel.

Dr. Todd West said seeing the joy on a parents face is what makes his job meaningful.

"It's a wonderful, wonderful feeling to be able to have a baby go home with a family and be healthy. It's definitely why all of us do what we do", said Dr. Todd West with Memorial Hospital.

Maria said she can't ask for a more precious gift.

"I'm taking he home for Christmas", said Maria Rangel.

 

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