Hailey's Hope Foundation

Supporting Families in the NICU

Nicholas – 24 weeks

Nicholas Sivulich 2On August 13, 2014, our son, Nicholas James Sivulich, came into this world at a very early 24 weeks, weighing only 1lb 14 oz. My pregnancy had been going along smoothly up until that evening. I was home relaxing when all of a sudden, I began feeling uncomfortable back pain which was increasing in intensity. At 8:45, after speaking to my doctor who instructed me to call 911, my water broke.  My husband, Michael, a Yonkers fireman who was working that evening at the firehouse down the road, was my first responder. He got me downstairs to the ambulance and we headed for Westchester Medical Center. Upon my arrival it was apparent that this was a critical situation and I was brought in for an emergency c-section. Nicholas was born at 10:07 pm.

Nicholas Sivulich

For the past 12 weeks Nicholas has been at the Maria Fareri NICU at Westchester Medical Center. He is now 6 lb 6 oz and continues to show us that he is a remarkable fighter! It has been an emotional roller coaster and a new mother’s nightmare. But, Nicky is progressing nicely and has been deemed a ‘rockstar’ by the nurses and doctors! We are very thankful for the quality of care Nicholas is receiving at Westchester Medical. We hope to have our fighter home by Christmas.

Nicholas Sivulich 3One of the first doctors we met with told us this journey will be 20% medical and 80% the fight in the baby and the love and support of the family. Nicholas, Michael, and I are very lucky to have an extensive support system who are rooting on our little man. We know that this journey will not end with his discharge from the NICU and Michael and I are prepared to tackle whatever road blocks may come our way. We feel hopeful that Nicholas is going to be nothing but remarkable!