Maddox Kindiger | Age 5

Everything went smoothly with Jessica Kindiger’s pregnancy and scheduled cesarean section until the umbilical cord was cut. Her newborn son’s chest immediately filled with fluid.

 “He started turning blue very quickly,” Jessica said.

Her son, Maddox, only hours old, was flown to Children's Medical Center Dallas where his life was saved.

Medication slowed the leak in his lungs enough to let his body heal. After 74 days of intense monitoring and care he was released. He currently does not need any special medical care and thrives as a healthy 4 year old. His pediatrician said there’s no sign that he almost died in his first day of life.

During the family’s 2-and-a-half-months in the neonatal intensive care unit, the medical staff brought Jessica specific foods she needed as a breast-feeding mother, and she was amazed with the attention her son received.

“Those nurses just took him on as their own,” she said. “I still communicate with two of the nurses who took care of him quite a bit and send them pictures. You can tell they really care.”

She and her husband, Steven, now serve on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Family Advisory Council. She said if friends had a child in Children’s NICU, she could assure them that their child is in the best hands.

“Their baby will be better taken care of than they can ever imagine,” Jessica said. “They will love their kiddo just as much as the parents do.”


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