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In spring of 2014, Ashley Garner, mother of Finley Garner, was given the scary diagnosis of preeclampsia. Preeclampsia is unsettling for any pregnant mother to hear as it can be dangerous to both the mother and the child. Finley was born on May 21, 2014 at just 3 lbs. 9 oz.

Ashley was terrified about the unknown. “Right after delivery, I didn’t get to hold her,” said Ashley. “I only got to see her for a split second over the curtain and then they took her to the NICU. I wasn’t allowed to go see Finley for over 24 hours due to being on Magnesium.”

The happiest moment for Ashley was finally being able to see and hold Finley without any wires.

Finley had to stay in the hospital for 6 weeks until she could hold her food down. “One of my favorite memories was when we started checking all the things off the list for the discharge!”

Finley is now 5 years old and loves to play soccer. Her favorite foods are corn on the cob and candy. She one day wants to become a doctor!

How did the Garner family feel about the care they received at St. John’s? “Our experience was great and we’re so thankful to have St. John’s so close to home.”

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