RAYTOWN, Mo. — It was supposed to be Victoria Denney’s first Mother’s Day.
“This is not what I had in mind. I pictured a day filled with a sweet card from my husband, maybe some flowers, but most certainly a baby in my arms,” Victoria wrote in her blog.
But her baby, Josh, was not in her arms. In February, 29 weeks into pregnancy, Victoria developed high blood pressure and protein in the urine. It was preeclampsia, a dangerous condition for mother and baby. The amniotic fluuid level was dropping, so Josh had to be delivered more than two months early.
“The doctors just kept telling us how strong he was,” Victoria said.
But 36 hours after birth, a nurse told Victoria that Josh was having a hard time. Nothing could prepare Victoria and husband for what they saw when they entered the neonatal intensive care unit.