When you hear parents bringing children to the hospital, you may get nervous. This one family brought their daughter to Rome Memorial on her first birthday all for a good reason.

Heather Reynolds and Adam Cutler celebrated their daughter Phoenix's first birthday by bringing her to Rome Memorial Hospital. Not because she was sick, but for a chance to thank the entire staff.

The Rome Daily Sentinel reports Phoenix was born eight weeks early, on December 13th, 2016 at Rome Memorial Hospital. Phoenix's grandmother remembers the morning very well, and was scared:

“They were saying ‘we’re not getting a heartbeat,’” LoGalbo said. “She wasn’t breathing either and we were really scared. They were working on her and at one point I thought they were going to give up on her, but they never did give up. Because of what they did, she is with us today.”"

Phoenix came into the world weighing only 4 pounds 12 ounces. She was having breathing difficulties and when her heart stopped beating. The staff rushed fast to make sure the little girl was going to make it through:

The baby had to be put on a ventilator to help her breathe before she could be transferred to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Upstate Galisano Children’s Hospital in Syracuse. She remained in the NICU for about a month before she could finally come home to join her parents and older sister and brother."

The family is happy to report that Phoenix is a happy, healthy one-year-old. The family is extremely grateful for the amazing staff at Rome Memorial.



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