The region’s only Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit is expanding to help more families who are persevering through some of the hardest parts of their lives.
WZDX News caught up with Kayla and Lee Brooks, whose baby Titus was born 15 weeks early at one pound, 14 ounces.
“We’ve had some ups and downs since then,” said Lee. “It was kind of a big shock to us. It just came kind of all the sudden. It was a pretty healthy pregnancy and he decided to come when he did and we’ve just been kind of riding that roller coaster since then.”
“He’s getting so big,” said Kayla to Titus. “Two pounds, eight ounces. I’m so proud of you, bud. You’re growing so good.”
Titus is now a just over a month old and in one of Huntsville Hospital’s 45 NICU beds. The NICU director says these beds are consistently full, but in November they’re planning for 10 more to be ready for more families like the Brookses.
“When you get here they tell you it’s a roller coaster and you think like, ‘okay, it’s a roller coaster,'” said Lee. “Well it is a roller coaster. But we’re up on the high point right now and we’re just kind of trying to enjoy that. He’s doing really good today.”
The new parents take the situation day by day.
“If it weren’t for this place we probably would’ve lost our little boy,” said Kayla. “So we’re really thankful that they’re here, we’re thankful for everything that they do. And we’re really thankful that the Lord’s watching out for our little boy.”
They say they’re glad more families will get the same chance Titus did.
“You go home at the end of the day and you’re thankful that somebody who actually loves your baby is taking care of them,” Kayla said. “You can go home in peace and know that they’re in good hands.”
“Mom and dad love you,” Kayla said to Titus. “Yeah we sure do. You’re doing so good, darlin’.”
Families can be at the NICU for a few days or more than one hundred days. Adding more beds is how the NICU director says they’re keeping up with North Alabama’s growth.