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Deanna Nickas & Family

Deanna's story: thanks to Geisinger, my boys are thriving

nickasEven though I was carrying twin boys, my pregnancy was pretty routine, at first. But when I reached my 35th week of pregnancy on September 22, 2009, an ultrasound screening of the twins showed that Erik’s weight was low and there was a decrease in blood flow to Timothy. Without a nearby neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), we made the one-hour car ride to Geisinger Medical Center in Danville so that the babies could be evaluated at the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.

That same evening, Timothy and Erik were born at 5 lbs. and 3.4 lbs., respectively. They went right down the hall to the NICU for treatment. During those 10 days in the NICU, their exceptional physicians and nurses helped my husband, Thomas, and me feed and care for our boys. Once I was released, Geisinger’s Ronald McDonald House provided a convenient place to stay until it was time for us to go home and rejoin our entire family.

Hearing from a Geisinger geneticist that Timothy had Down syndrome was very difficult, but she was kind and explained everything to us. Today, both boys are thriving. I am grateful that Geisinger had all the services they needed for a great start in life.

Help to provide the most advanced neonatal services at Janet Weis Children's Hospital, Danville and the new Tambur Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Wilkes-Barre

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