This is the story of Sara and her baby. Sara was originally referred to us prenatally. A few months later the referral was sent back to us through the hospital with information that the baby had been born and the mother would like services.
Sara was homeless and living in a downtown Salvation Army shelter. At the time of delivery Sara began to hemorrhage and in order to save her life – the obstetrician had to do an emergency hysterectomy. Sara was now in critical condition and the baby was transferred to All Children’s NICU due to NAS. Sara was in the hospital for about 2 weeks and was discharged. Baby came home soon after to the homeless shelter. Sara began to feel ill and returned to the emergency room a week from her discharge and was septic. She was told that she had an abscess at the site of the original surgery. She had to face surgery again to save her life. The baby was with the father at the shelter.
The baby was born with a club foot and also had to have surgery a week after Sara got out of the hospital from her second surgery. The baby although healthy and well, required many doctor visits and special care regarding his castings and appointments. Sara was able to attend to the needs of the baby through so many obstacles.
Sara is on a managed dose of methadone. Baby had the surgery and is casted and Sara is doing very well in getting the baby to and from all appointments. Bobbi, Registered Nurse with Pat Plus was able to speak with the mom about self-care, finding a medical home, dental care and post-natal visit. Bobbi continues to be involved to help monitor the families many medical needs.
The family is connected to many resources and they are on a steady road to financial and health stability. Our team meets with them weekly and has developed a strong trusting relationship with the family.