Patient Spotlight: Brody’s Story
Recently, on a lunch outing with a few co-workers, I had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca Dotson. She is the Founder of 818 Ministries and told me about her ministry and what they do. It was a surreal moment, because I realized that I had received one of the hats that her ministry donates while my son, Brody, was in the NICU. Brody was born 3 months early, at 28 weeks. It was so unexpected and I had an emergency C-section before he was rushed to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. He spent 6 weeks in the NICU continuing to grow and develop.
I remember thinking when he was born, “I haven’t even had my baby shower yet, I don’t have anything for a baby.” We had only gotten 2 onesies, a pack of diapers, and a couple of bibs. We didn’t know what to expect or what a premature baby needed. On our second day in the NICU, we were given a gift bag with different books, blankets, and encouraging words to help us through our journey ahead. One of those gifts was a preemie-size knitted hat with a sweet note of encouragement. Brody was born when the weather was still cold and he didn’t have enough body fat to keep warm. He wore the hat while in the NICU and even after we brought him home. It was so nice to feel supported by not just friends and family, but by our community as well.
I’m so glad I got the chance to meet Rebecca and tell her how her kind work impacted my family. Brody will be 1 year old next month and couldn’t fit in the hat if he tried now, but we will always keep it as a reminder of how our tiny super-baby jumped into our lives when we weren’t quite ready and taught us what it means to fight for life and come out happy and healthy.
-Brandi (Brody's mom)