Hailey's Story

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Hailey is an amazing little girl who is always happy and smiling. Now, about 20 months old, this Tiny Light loves to play with her babies and adores her dad, Darren, and her 2 older brothers, Dylan and Braydon.

Hailey was born in February 2013 at 28 weeks gestation, and weighed just 2 lbs 3 ounces. Her arrival nearly came even sooner, at 22 weeks, but doctors were able to delay labour. Then mother Tasha developed preeclampsia and seizures. During that last seizure, Hailey's heart stopped, prompting an emergency caesarian section.

Incredibly, Mom and daughter both survived. Hailey spent 70 days in the NICU, and underwent surgery to repair hernias. Once healthy, she went home weighing 3 pounds 12 ounces. Perhaps not surprisingly, she is sometimes lovingly referred to as Thumbelina.

This little fighter is now meeting all her milestones, and weighs more than 16 pounds. It has been a difficult journey for the entire family, but the future looks very bright for Hailey. Her parents are confident that she will grow into a wonderful young lady who can accomplish anything she wants.

Story Written by Catherine Urquhart