Born at One Pound, One Ounce, Newborn Goes Home
In November 2009, Gabriella Mercedes Gil finally went home – eight months after being born at Holtz Children’s Hospital, initially weighing just one pound, one ounce.
Born at 23 weeks gestation, Gabriella only had a 15 percent chance of survival. She experienced many life-threatening problems associated with extreme prematurity, including chronic lung disease with oxygen dependency, intraventricular hemorrhage (bleeding in brain), retinopathy of prematurity (eye disease), gastro esophageal reflux, thyroid dysfunction, thrombosis of the aorta, and feeding difficulties.
During her eight-month stay in the neonatal intensive care Uuit at Holtz Children’s, she underwent multiple surgeries including PDA ligation (tying off a blood vessel just outside the heart that connects the lung and heart circulation), inguinal hernia repair, and laser eye surgery.
At the time of her discharge, Gabriella weighed 12 pounds. As she continued to grow and become healthier, a team of UHealth/Jackson physicians, including a pediatric pulmonologist, cardiologist, endocrinologist, gastroenterologist, and ophthalmologist, closely monitored her.
Jan. 1973 Jackson History
The Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Opens. Link opens story page.
In 1973, Jackson’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) opened with seven tiny premature infants with incubators and adapted adult ventilators.Explore in story page.
Feb. 2018 Employee Stories
Taking Care of Jackson for as long as I Can. Link opens story page.
In 1979, I was a mechanic looking for a job. It was my older brother, Rodney Taylor, who suggested that I take a position at Jackson Memorial Hospital.Explore in story page.
Jan. 2017 Employee Stories
A Doctor and His Grandmother Change the Community. Link opens story page.
As I walk through the Jackson Memorial Medical Center campus every day, I am proud to walk in the footsteps of my grandmother, Gracie Wyche.Explore in story page.