The Broome Family
Jace David Broome was due to arrive on June 5, 2016. As of early February 2016, Katie's pregnancy was progressing like it should for a 24-year old, and everything was normal at her 20-week ultrasound. At exactly 24 weeks, on Valentine’s Day, Katie started experiencing discomfort that only got worse. Katie called the on-call doctor who advised them to come on in to be evaluated. Katie & Justin arrived at the hospital around 10:30 pm, 3 hours after her labor started. After the nurse did routine checking, she discovered that Katie was fully dilated at 10cm and could feel Jace’s back. At this point, Katie was rushed to the Operating Room to have an emergency C-section. Jace David Broome was born at 12:04 am weighing 1lb. 5oz. This started their 402 day hospital stay.
Jace spent three and a half months at the Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, where he was born, before he was transferred to Children’s of Alabama. Katie, Jace's mom, held him for the first time on March 14, 2016. The family stayed at the hospital late that night just so she could hold him. Jace had a fairly uneventful stay at Brookwood Baptist Medical Center, and Katie went back to work as soon as she could so she could have time off for when he came home. Jace failed extubation 5 times during his stay and needed to be transferred to Children’s of Alabama to have an airway evaluation. Things were more complicated once the family arrive at Children’s. Four days after moving to Children’s, Jace was taken to the Operating Room to have a tracheostomy evaluation. We were told he did not need a trach. He remained on the ventilator until July when they were able to put him on high flow nasal canula. The end of July, Jace was having a hard time breathing again and had to be intubated again. On, September 3rd he went to the Operating Room to have another tracheostomy evaluation and came out with a trach. Recovery from the surgery took a few weeks. November came around and the family was able to talk about going home. Katie had to quit her job in preparation to be a full time caregiver to Jace. Right before Thanksgiving, he came down with the common cold. Thanksgiving through Christmas was rough. He was the sickest he had ever been. He developed Pulmonary Hypertension. This put stress on his heart, causing him to need nitric oxide. The doctor came in and told us he would either get better or get worse and they were doing all that they could. Thankfully he got better and had a good Christmas.
The new year rolled around and Katie & Justin were determined to get Jace home before his first birthday (in February). Once again, they were able to start talking about going home. Jace was weaned off of the ventilator and given multiple rounds of steroids to get his oxygen requirement down. Katie met with the doctor on Monday, January 23rd and was prepared to be told they would be discharged soon. Her world came crashing down when he told me we would be here several more months. Katie then knew there was something else that could be done and requested he be put back on a ventilator at night and to meet with the pulmonary team. The following Wednesday, the pulmonologist came to meet with the family and the decision was made for Jace to be on a home ventilator at night while he sleeps. He told the family it could still be months before they would move from the NICU to Pulmonary. The following Monday, February 2nd, Jace moved to Pulmonary. The staff got his settings just right and they began their extensive 3 week training to bring our baby home. On March 23rd, Jace went home after 402 long days.