Kara went to the doctor because she wasn't feeling well.
"The doctor checked me out and he said ‘we're going to have a baby today’," said Kara.
"I kind of felt like we were going to have a baby that day and I’m like this is really early but I’m going to stay by a phone,” recalled Aaron. “Then about an hour after that, I got a phone call saying ‘hey meet me at the hospital.’"
Samuel was making his debut about three months early. The staff at CHRISTUS Health Shreveport-Bossier was ready.
"When I got there and I saw they were already prepared before we even got there, it really put me at ease,” said Aaron. “Once I saw that, I had no worries and I knew we would be well taken care of."
Samuel weighed just 2 ½ pounds at birth and stayed in an incubator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for 78 days.
"It was hard to see him and wanting to comfort him, seeing him hooked up to all those machines,” shared Kara. “It was really hard not to be able to hold your son."
Kara and Aaron were able to hold Samuel after he was ten days old.
They spent their days and holidays in the NICU, bonding with their baby and those taking care of him.
"They were part of our family for 78 days definitely,” said Kara. “They took care of him like they would have taken care of their own child."
Then on Kara's birthday, just four days before Christmas, the couple took their precious gift home.
Samuel didn’t require any surgeries. He’s growing well, gaining weight and developing normally.
"I know for a fact that they saved Samuel's life. If it weren't for them, he probably wouldn't be here today," Kara reflected. "I know that they work miracles and it's just amazing."
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