During COV-19, a micro preemie who spent four months in the neonatal intensive care unit met with the hospital staff who saved her life. Mikayla Petti was born on Feb. 15, 2020 at 24 weeks weighing 1 pound, 9 ounces. On the way to St. Joseph’s emergency room in Bethpage, New York, she arrived 16 weeks early inside the vehicle of mom and dad Maria and Andrew Petti.
Mikayla came into my pant leg,said Maria Petti of Farmingdale, New York, Good Morning America. We got to the hospital, my husband ran inside and said, ‘My wife’s got a baby in the car. Dr. John Mathew, emergency medicine director and associate chief medical officer for progressive emergency doctors at St. Joseph’s approached the Pettis and took baby Mikayla into his hands. The hospital had no NICU nursery equipped.
Mikayla was placed in a warmer infant, and she was worked on by Dr. Mathew for 90 minutes before she was taken to another hospital. Along with the first breath of a child, once we clamp the cord, everything changes for a child, Mathew said. The transportation team from the NICU at North Shore University Hospital arrived in St. Joseph’s and were able to intubate Mikayla and put her on life support. The two were then transferred to Manhasset, New York, where Mikayla spent the first 122 days of her life.
NICU visitations eventually became limited to one parent per day for an hour because of the Cov-19. The Pettis kept Mikayla 10 days after she was born, for the first time. Mikayla had for a murmur in her back. She now weighs 9 pounds, 3 ounces and is thriving. This was the first time she rolled over,Petti said of her daughter. She defies all odds about what a micro preemie baby should do.
The doctors and nurses who saved Mikayla ‘s life were reunited with Maria, Andrew and Mikayla Petti on Aug. 5. Since Mikayla left his hospital Mathew had been checking in with the family.