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Words cannot express my sincerest gratitude

29 weeks and 6 days into my pregnancy I started having severe pain. I went to the hospital and after many tests was told the only thing they found was a slightly elevated liver enzyme count. Since the pain had subsided over night, they were going to keep me to do an ultrasound of my liver just to be sure things were fine. 30 minutes later the doctor came in followed by the paramedics. At that point I was told that my son would have to be born that day. They had diagnosed me with H.E.L.L.P syndrome and had given me 24 hours at that point, should my son not be delivered. I'm sure you can imagine the things that were going through my mind at that point! Would he survive? What complications will come now?! My mind was reeling but I knew that there was no choice in the matter. So at 12:15 a.m. the next day my beautiful son, Aden William Daniel Stergiou was born weighing in at 1026 grams. It was a very high risk cesarean delivery since I was on blood thinners at the time and I was put to sleep for the process.

Aden didn't rate very high on the scales when he was born but he improved minute over minute and then hour over hour. Both of us were in separate intensive care units so I was unable to see him until I was released to general care three days later. At that point he had dropped down to 720 grams (1.5 pounds). Even though he was tiny he was a fighter and was not ever incubated (put on oxygen). At 3 weeks old Aden contracted an infection. For most people this would have been manageable but for Aden, it was life threatening. The infection was wiping out his blood system and he required blood products immediately to survive.

Through out the process of him fighting this infection he was given 3 units of platelets and 4 units of packed red blood cells. Without these units coupled with the antibiotics Aden would not have been able to fight this infection. 9 weeks and 2 days after birth, weighing only 4.1 pounds Aden was released from the hospital. If it wasn't for people out there selflessly donating their blood and time to save live I would have been going home to a funeral instead of a home coming celebration. Words cannot express my sincerest gratitude for what you continue to do and what you did for my son.

You saved his life. To those 7 individuals, THANK YOU. I will never know who you are but will always hold you dear to my heart.