Malone was born at 35-weeks gestation weighing 5 pounds, 15 ounces. Because her breathing was irregular, Malone was cared for in HMH’s Level II NICU, where, thanks to state of the art equipment and highly trained staff, her oxygen levels could be closely monitored and she could be treated. Malone, like many premature babies, needed specialized care to ensure her lungs were well developed and to treat her jaundice.
Malone’s mom, Brooke Wallace, was grateful that the necessary level of care was available close to home so that she didn’t have to be separated from her infant child and could more easily care for Malone’s four older siblings.
“Those 11 days could have been a lot more challenging. The care was fantastic. We couldn’t be more grateful,” said Brooke.
The HMH Foundation is proud to have raised more than $500,000 in grants and donations to fund the NICU. Investing in breakthrough initiatives like the NICU means preemies, like Malone, can have access to a higher level of care close to home.