Level 3 at Legacy
Earlier this week I came across an series written in the Oregonian about the Level 3 NICU at Legacy Emmanuel Hospital, the unit where Owen was when he was born with a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia. CDH babies go to Level 3 NICUs due to the seriousness of the defect and the amount of care they need at birth. Our local hospital only has a Level 1/2 NICU.
I started reading one of the articles at work and quickly realized that I wouldn’t hold it together if I kept reading it there.
This series was published in 2003, before Grace was born, before Owen was even thought of, before we even knew what CDH was or that babies get sick and sometimes die.
This is an amazing series, I urge you to read it. I am posting about it here in particular because I know some of you who read this also had a CDH baby at Legacy and would love to read more about this amazing place and the fantastic nurses who work there. Also, some of you have or are expecting a CDH babe, this gave me quite a good (if intense) view of what goes on in a Level 3 unit from the nurses perspective.
On the above page there are also links to some related stories as well as a photo gallery that goes with each article.
So when you have a moment, grab a box of tissues and get a little glimpse of this little world that we were a part of while and will never forget.