Foothills Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: "This hospital saved my twins lives"

Melissa and Brad Gaylard say the Foothills Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit saved the lives of their twins.

Their son, Nixon, was born prematurely at 33 weeks and five days. He’s now a smiling seven year old.

Their twins, Rome and Hadley, were also born early at 26 weeks and five days. Now, they’re five years old, still happy to wear matching shirts.

The Gaylards spent Friday morning working as ambassadors for the Foothills Hospital Home Lottery, with the twins running around in their Small + Mighty T-shirts.

Melissa Gaylard holds her daughter Hadley. Her twin brother, Rome, and his older brother, Nixon, sit on their father's lap.

Melissa Gaylard holds her daughter Hadley. Her twin brother, Rome, and his older brother, Nixon, sit on their father's lap.

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Lottery proceeds support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

For Melissa and Brad, NICU is home, the doctors and nurses … family.

“This hospital saved my twins lives. It is life changing. It is life saving,” Melissa told us during their visit to Foothills.

Melissa shared with us what it’s like to call this hospital home for 200 days:

 

The Foothills Hospital Home Lottery Early Bird Deadline is midnight tonight. The prize is a $1.5 million Canmore showhome and $50,000 cash.

The lottery as of Friday at 8 a.m. was 95% sold out.

Of course, when you get your ticket, you’re also in for the $2.4 million grand prize showhome on the lake in Mahogany – with $100,000 cash. Check out all the prizes here.

  • Almost 6,000 babies are born at Foothills Medical Centre each year;
  • One in eight babies born in Calgary will need the care of the neonatal intensive care unit;
  • The Calgary Health Trust is raising $60 million to redevelop the NICU at Foothills.

“The care these babies receive in the first minutes, hours, days and sometimes even months in the NICU can mean life or death and have lifelong impact on their development and future health,” the health trust says.

Buy your tickets here or call 1-888-541-5540. – Sarah 

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