God gave us a real cutie for flight 200! Baby Olive was born at only 23 weeks after her mom suffered appendicitis and developed an amniotic infection. She weighed only 1 pound 5 oz and was given less than 6% chance of survival. Her mom is in the Air Force and had relocated to Omaha, Nebraska from northern Indiana for work.
Her dad, who previously had been working 2 full-time jobs to help her mom stay off work and near Olive, now was trained in her care. She has been on a ventilator since birth and is a fighter. She has had countless problems with infections and has been near death a number of times. Doctors said she would never be strong enough to travel-but her parents never gave up hope.
Volunteer pilots have even taken the family back and forth to Omaha to help with the relocation.
I was a nervous wreck being part of our first baby ventilator flight-but our volunteers Katie and Katie-respiratory therapist and nurse team had it under control. (they work for St. Vincent neonatal transport team full time)
RT Katie said “for me this is no problem” and nurse Katie declared “this is what I was born to do.”
I loved the genuine compassion that the NICU team at Lutheran Hospital had. Baby Olive had a full army of staff to say goodbye and see her off. Some were even in tears of joy.
Next week baby Olive will celebrate her first birthday! She did great on the flight and after her exciting send off-slept soundly (as long as a Katie was patting her). Dad said she’s earned the right to be a little spoiled 🙂
When we arrived in Omaha, Mom and Dad actually couldn’t believe it all came to be. They had never lost hope in that little body full of life.
Now she’s home finally breaking in that new crib. We even found out that surprisingly she has another sibling on the way next spring (unplanned-pray it goes well). She’s going to be an awesome big sister.
Thanks to Superior Ambulance being ever faithful and even driving 3 hours to serve this family! I love you guys!
Thanks to great Katie and Katie team and to our medic/nurse Matt who was as always willing to serve, even though he just happened to be at the hospital visiting his grandpa.
Thanks to great flying by Hal and Mark and flight following by Bob-you all are truly hands and feet of Jesus.
Please see story done by Wane TV.
Wow-200 missions-God is Good!