2017 National Ambassador Ismael Torres Castrodad
Skyler Nolan, 2017 Boulder Ambassador.
Kelly was 27 weeks pregnant and had just returned from a business trip the day before. She was looking forward to spending the day with her 3-year-old son, Jackson.
Within a few hours of waking, Kelly found herself being airlifted from Exempla Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette to Presbyterian St Luke's Hospital in Denver and diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome. HELLP is an acronym for: H-hemolysis, the breakdown of red blood cells; EL-elevated liver enzymes; and LP-low platelet count. HELLP syndrome is rare but serious and occurs in about 1 to 2 of 1,000 pregnancies.
On September 26, 2011, Skyler June Nolan was born 13 weeks early, weighing just 1 lb., 10 oz. She was immediately intubated and rushed to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Baby Skyler went on to fight through 89 days in intensive care, 25 of them in the Level 3 NICU.
Because of the many challenges Skyler faced as a preemie, Kelly was unable to hold her daughter until she was 9 days old. Today Skyler is an adorable, smart and healthy five year