Kate O’Donnell’s water broke only three weeks after finding out she was pregnant. Her daughter, Ella, was born at 24 weeks, two days.
"When you have a baby, you are supposed to leave with a bundle of joy in your arms." Kate said, "I left empty handed, my heart and my mind still on her. It hurt more than I could describe."
She weighed 1 lb, 7oz. As a micro preemie, Ella spent 107 days in the NICU at Naval Medical Center San Diego.
Two weeks after Ella was born, Kate was introduced to Miracle Babies. Miracle Babies became a support system and gave financial support during the trying times.
Her father, Chad O’Donnell, reflects on the impact Miracle Babies had on their family, “I think the biggest thing for her was the emotional support because there was so many unknowns going through this process. We didn’t know what was going to happen the next day.”
Now, Ella is a healthy 18-month-old baby girl weighing over 18 lbs. The O’Donnell family is just one example of families that Miracle Babies helps on a daily basis.
On Sunday, May 7th, runners dressed as their favorite heroes, ran in support of the Miracle Babies organization. They ran to raise funds and awareness for families with babies born prematurely.