At 33 weeks pregnant with her second child, Kerry O’Reilly Wilks went to the hospital looking for relief for back pain when she was told she had developed a life-threatening condition. She had to deliver her baby that night or risk both their lives.
Malachy was born at a mere 3.3 pounds. He was swept into the expert and compassionate arms of St. Michael’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
As her baby lay day after day in the NICU, Kerry was consumed with worry and racked with despair. But one night, she arrived to see one of the nurses proudly showing Malachy around the unit. She was cooing to him and calling him Mr. Handsome.
“I realized then that I didn’t need to worry that Malachy was alone in the NICU, or without an advocate,” says Kerry. “He was always with family—the nurses and doctors had become his family.”
When it comes to some of the toughest neonatal cases, St. Mike’s is the hospital other hospitals call. Now, we’re setting out to build a state-of-the-art facility that matches our renowned expertise. With your support, we will soon be the only large teaching hospital in Canada that offers a NICU, maternity space with obstetrics & gynecology, and a recovery unit – all on a single floor.
Don’t miss Malachy’s Soiree in support of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St. Michael’s Hospital. malachyssoiree.ca
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