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MIRACLE MONDAYS – Cal Noelke

Being a nurse can give you a sixth sense about something being wrong with your baby. “Cal was born at 36 weeks gestation due to my high blood pressure,” said Lauren Noelke, Cal’s Mom. “As a nurse, I immediately realized something was wrong and before I could say anything the nurses took him off my chest to fully examine him.”

Lauren was unable to see Cal for 12 hours. When she did, Cal was on CPAP with labored and rapid breathing. “I was so worried about Cal, but I knew he was in the best place he could be,” Lauren said. “I never once worried about the care he was receiving.”

Cal remained on CPAP for 5 days after birth. Once he was off CPAP and oxygen therapy, he remained in the NICU for 9 days to work on feeding issues. He was discharged after a total of 14 days in the NICU.

“The happiest moment was when we were able to bring Cal home. Our 3 year old daughter cried tears of joy to finally have her new baby brother home!”

How is Cal doing now? “Cal is doing much better. He had surgery in November and February and we had excellent care in the surgery department. He’s also gotten therapy with Lucy and Susan in Pediatric Rehabilitation. Cal loves Buzz Lightyear and Toy story, just like his sister!”

The Noelke family is incredibly thankful for the care they received at St. John’s. “I started working at St. John’s as a nurse 7 years ago. I knew I wanted to work here when we started thinking about planning a family. I always said I wanted my children to be born here in case anything ever went wrong. I am so thankful I made that decision!”

Do you have a miracle child that was treated as HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital? Facebook message us or email dave.newton@hshs.org and tell us your story! #miraclemondays

Comments for MIRACLE MONDAYS – Cal Noelke

  1. Cal has brought so much love & joy into my life as his Gammy💙Psalm 139-13-14 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.I praise you because I am fearfully & wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know full well. Our family is thankful & blessed to have Cal. Thank you St John’s Children Hospital for all your excellent care & making the families feel special ♥️

  2. Words could never really express how truly grateful we are for the wonderful care we have received for our sweet son Cal at St. John’s. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

  3. As Cal’s grandma & graduate of SJH nursing school over 40yrs ago, I vividly remember doing my rotation in the NICU. I would never have imagined that our grandson would be one of their patients. Cal is a fighter & his grandpa & I are so very thankful to SJH for their care in returning him home to all his loved ones.

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