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Miracle Mondays – Ireland Deford

Amanda Deford (Ireland’s Mom) remembers the day when her pregnancy got very serious. “I was in the beginning stages of preeclampsia. I was told that if I got three high blood pressure readings in a row, I had to come in. On a Saturday night, I was just watching TV and I got the dreaded three high blood pressure readings.”

After checking into St. John’s Children’s Hospital and an epidural that lasted for two days, Ireland Deford was born on May 18th, 2015.

“The NICU team brought her over to me to hold for a very quick moment,” said Amanda. We had a mommy, daddy, baby picture and we got a quick kiss before she was immediately wheeled off to the NICU”

Ireland was born weighing 3 pounds, 5 ounces. She spent 10 days under the bilirubin light and 43 days in the NICU.

“I would have to say our happiest moment came at her 9 month NICU checkup when she passed all of her milestones with flying colors and was released from the NICU’s care,” said Amanda.

Today, Ireland is almost three years old and enjoys pretend cooking and taking care of her stuffed animals!

“Everyone was so patient and understanding,” said Amanda. “It was phenomenal care and I recommend St. John’s to everyone now!”

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