SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- Parents plan for the arrival of their newborn from the day they find out they're expecting. But one Siouxland mom got an unexpected surprise when her son was born at home at 26 weeks.
"Just not knowing if I would ever be able to bring him home," said Jessica Case.
Shocking and terrifying. Words Jessica Case uses to describe the moment her son Anderson was born.
"I went to bed, it was normal," said Jessica. "I got up a few times in the night to pee and I got up about 6 a.m. and was like that's not me peeing. I caught him."
The last moments of her pregnancy, not turning out how she envisioned.
Instead, Jessica was consumed by fear as her son came into the world.
"Just all of the unknown because he was so early," said Jessica. "Two pounds, two ounces born, when he was born. 3 months early. I was quite the ride."
For 106 days, Anderson called the NICU at UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's home. Jessica said it was hard not being able to take him home with her.
But she knew she wasn't alone.
"The doctors and the nurses made it better," said Jessica. "If it wasn't for them and his care team, I don't know what it would have been like. They made it easier."
Being there for her every step the way..
"Didn't matter what hour of the day I called, or night, they were there to answer my questions," said Jessica. "Just explained everything they were doing and how they would do it. They were just there for emotional support as well."
Today Anderson is a healthy young boy who loves to laugh and crawl all over.
"He is 15 months, and he is 20 pounds, 29 inches long," said Jessica. "We've come a long way. You would never know he was born 3 months early."
Jessica said she hopes her story can help other people out there, not feel so alone and she feels lucky to have had a resource like Children's Miracle Network.
"Thank you," said Jessica. "If it wasn't for them, it wouldn't have been as easy as it was, even though it was still hard."
Jessica said they had to have three blood transfusions while in the hospital.
She said she feels blessed every day that Anderson is healthy.
2021's Children's Miracle Network Minithon
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