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Mom credits Tacoma General NICU staff with daughter's life

Posted on Jul. 2, 2013 ( comments)

Looking at 9-year-old Madison today, you’d never guess she spent the first days of her life in MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

She loves gymnastics, hockey, soccer and the hospital that took such good care of her and her mom, Tiffany Lindsay.

“She’s the most amazing little girl,” says Lindsay. “What doesn’t she do? She’s incredible.”

Lindsay was rushed to Tacoma General Hospital with preeclampsia-related high blood pressure on Dec. 29, 2003, 13 weeks before Madison - Maddy, for short - was due.

A diabetic since childhood, Lindsay was never supposed to have children. Madison was a wonderful, if perilous surprise.

Lindsay spent several scary nights under observation at Tacoma General Hospital. She returned home for a day and a half, and her blood pressure “went right back up.” She returned to the hospital, and stayed there for six weeks until Madison was born.

“You have no idea how lucky you are,” she was told after Madison’s birth. “You have no idea how sick you were.”

Lindsay says the Perinatal Special Care Unit staff was instrumental in keeping her calm, and as comfortable as possible.

Madison, born seven weeks early, spent the first nine days of her life in the NICU at Tacoma General Hospital.

Nine years later, Madison still prays for the NICU and Perinatal nurses every night before she goes to sleep.

“We talk about them all the time, my daughter and I,” said Lindsay. “Those people are amazing … every single person was just amazing and nice and helpful.”

The family is so thankful that they send a Christmas card to the NICU each year with a new photo of Madison. When they are able, they visit in person with plates of cookies for the nurses.

Instead of presents at birthdays and holidays, they collect toys, crayons and coloring books for MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and Health Center. When Maddy grows up, she says she’d like to work at a children’s hospital like Mary Bridge.

“I honestly believe that Madison would probably not be here if not for the excellent care we received [at Tacoma General Hospital],” she said. “It’s an amazing place to be. It’s just amazing.”

Resources for parents

Learn more about the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Learn more about giving birth at Tacoma General Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, or Auburn Medical Center.

If you're pregnant (or thinking about becoming pregnant), find a physician.

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