Wilder and Adeline are double the joy. They are also CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier’s new Children’s Miracle Network Hospital Champions. They are deserving of their new titles. Just ask the many CHRISTUS nurses and Associates who prayed over their tiny and fragile bodies when they were born at just 25 weeks old.
“I have discussed this with other people. I truly felt this was not just a job to all the nurses and doctors and all of the staff here at CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier. It is their passion,” explained Kaiti McFarland.
Kaiti’s now thriving 3-year-old twins had a challenging start to the world. Only 1 in 4 babies born at 25 weeks will survive. It’s a somber statistic, but the McFarland family from Bossier City beat those odds after their twins were born 15 weeks early.
As new parents, Evan and Kaiti McFarland describe how important prayers and honest interactions played in their unexpected and sometimes frightening fight for their babies’ survival.
“They shot straight with me. They said here are the expectations. This is going to be a long road. This is going to be a roller coaster with a lot of ups and downs, but we are going to do everything we can to help your children,” explained Evan McFarland who as a new NICU dad witnessed his babies becoming living testimonials of real-life miracles.
Every year, 170 local Children’s Miracle Network (CMN) Hospitals identify a “Champion” in each of their local communities to serve as the face for children treated at their local CMN hospital. These ambassadors spend their year advocating for the charitable need of CMN hospitals like CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier.
The McFarland family is so precious to the hospital that the team of compassionate caregivers will be sporting a special Children’s Miracle Network Hospital T-shirt design this year.
Their 2019 shirts includes Wilder’s and Adeline’s footprints from when they were in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
Their footprints form an image of a sun which is an appropriate symbol for this family.
“The family isn’t afraid to show their faith, and much like the sun, they brought light into the lives of the many Associates they encountered,” explained Christy Bailey, CHRISTUS Shreveport Bossier’s NICU Clinical Director. “In return, our clinical teams and other Associates strived to give Kaiti and Evan McFarland clarity, hope and joy during their time their babies stayed in our NICU. It is what we strive to do for all our families.”
Wilder and Adeline were the first babies served by CHRISTUS Shreveport Bossier’s West Wing NICU. Mom Kaiti was on bed rest in the Birth Place even before the babies’ time in the specialized unit.
“This family had their babies in October 2015 and then celebrated every holiday from Halloween to Valentine’s Day in the hospital with us,” said Margo Clendenin, CMN Hospitals Program Director at CHRISTUS Shreveport-Bossier. “We’re so pleased to see them now flourishing, with no complications from prematurity today. We love to see the results of God’s healing love and grace and how we at CHRISTUS actually played a role as His hands.”
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