For Brandy and Rusty Yates, December 2011 was filled with both joy and sorrow. After an emergency C-section, their twin daughters, Tyler and Bailey, were born each weighing little more than a pound. Sadly, Bailey developed an infection that her tiny body couldn’t overcome, and she passed away 15 days later. While the family was still grieving the loss of Bailey, Tyler was transferred to Batson Children’s Hospital where she would undergo surgery and spend the next 99 days in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
“We had many amazing doctors and nurses during our NICU stay that we can’t thank enough for fighting with Tyler and us to make sure she not only survived, but thrived,” says Brandy.
While in the NICU, Tyler was diagnosed with retinopathy of prematurity, periventricular leukomalacia, chronic lung disease and feeding issues and later, dystonic cerebral palsy and optic atrophy. “It is such a relief to have all her doctors in one place where they can share information and discuss to come up with the best treatment plan for her,” says Brandy.
Tyler’s doctors have made such a profound impression on her it’s no surprise she wants to be one when she grows up. When she’s not “playing doctor” with her baby dolls, Tyler loves to learn new things, sing, dance and play with her friends.