Updated: Aug 2, 2021
Learn more about Niall's story from his mother.
Let’s start from the beginning, can you tell us how you learned about the pregnancy and your initial reaction?
I had gotten sick and ended up in the ER. Found out through bloodwork. Shock was my reaction. I was 35.
When did you find out that things in the pregnancy were not going perfectly? Did you know you would have to spend time in the NICU?
Things seemed to be going fine. Niall was born early and that’s why he had to spend time in the NICU.
Can you share what you are comfortable with on the delivery of your baby?
He was early. Delivery was hard. He need oxygen
What was the scariest day for you in the NICU?
Just seeing him with all kind of wires and tubes.
Tell us about your NICU nurses and doctors.
They were the best answered any questions not matter how small. Always available.
How long were you in the NICU what was it like when you heard the words “You will be taking Niall home?”
About 2 weeks. We were over the moon. We couldn’t wait.
What was the biggest challenge that you had to face for Niall when you went home?
Just getting used to having a new baby and a tiny one.
When did you know that Niall would need extra therapies? What therapies is he still in now?
We noticed that he wasn’t talking. When tested we found out that he had communication issues and speech problems that go with Autism.
How did you hear about Bee Mighty and what lead you to apply for the grant?
Through his speech therapist Meg at Chit Chat Therapy.
What does a typical day with Niall look like now?
He is in 1 st grade. He enjoys playing with his brothers and sisters. Loves books, trains and LEGO’s.
Any advice you would give another family going through the process?
Anything that really helped you get through the experience? Prayers. A circle of family and friends that are there to help.