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St. Vincent Healthcare: Neonatal I12.6 Ounce Baby – Now 8 pounds! ntensive Care Miracle -

April 12, 2010
Billings, Montana, Sunday April 11, 2010 – On November 4th, 2009, at just 26 weeks gestation, (14-weeks before her expected birth date) doctors and nurses at St. Vincent Healthcare delivered Kayleigh Marie Phillips into the world via C-Section. Weighing in at 12.6 ounces the odds of surviving were greatly against the delicate preemie. But now, five months later, just days before she will leave the St. Vincent Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Kayleigh weighs in at eight pounds even, is 18 inches long and has her parents wrapped around her tiny finger.

“Her eyes were open and she cried in the delivery room,” says Dr. Kathleen Stevens, Medical Director of the St. Vincent Healthcare Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Stevens says Kayleigh is the tiniest baby cared for in the St. Vincent Level III-B NICU to ever persevere the premature obstacles she faced at birth and reach where she is today. “She was the size of a package of Nestle chocolate chips. She faced several premature difficulties and a near fatal viral infection, but was determined to survive. Our NICU team has grown much attached to little Kayleigh.”

“She’s a little miracle. She’s a miracle from God;” says Kayleigh’s mom Krista Phillips, who right after the C-Section was rushed into emergency heart surgery to repair a twisted aorta. Today both mom and baby girl are doing well and a relieved dad is very grateful. “We loved her immediately,” said Wesley Phillips. Both parents attribute their child’s survival to God, prayer and the highly skilled NICU nurses and Neonatologists at St. Vincent.

Since 1972, St. Vincent Healthcare has provided specialized intensive care to newborn and premature infants throughout eastern Montana and northern Wyoming. The 22-bed NICU at St. Vincent Healthcare is certified as the only Level III-B NICU in the area.

St. Vincent provides comprehensive, intensive and progressive care for premature infants and critically ill newborns with respiratory distress, infections, birth defects and special developmental needs. The St. Vincent NICU features the most technologically advanced equipment to care for these tiny babies, as well as a very skilled staff of neonatal nurses and neonatologists.

The St. Vincent Healthcare NICU medical team includes four Board Certified Neonatologists, Specially trained Neonatal Nurses, Respiratory therapists and a 24/7 OB/Neonatal Transport Team.

About St. Vincent Healthcare

St. Vincent Healthcare is a comprehensive system of award-winning healthcare services located in Billings, Montana. St. Vincent is a regional destination hospital which serves a four-state area and more than 900,000 people each year. A comprehensive range of services include a Level II trauma Center, cardiothoracic and vascular medicine, comprehensive cancer services, family-centered maternal and child health – a Level III B NICU & Pediatric Intensive Care Unit – neurosurgery, orthopedics and the region’s most advanced diagnostic services. St. Vincent Healthcare is part of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System. St. Vincent Healthcare’s quality, mission-driven, charitable healthcare has been in existence for more than 110 years. To learn more about St. Vincent Healthcare, visit www.svh-mt.org.