I remember the day my daughter was born, and the day she came home from the hospital 28 days later. Erin developed a deadly infection a few hours after birth and we almost lost her. It was pretty bad. Thankfully the nurse on duty that afternoon noticed something was wrong with her coloring and called the doctor. The doctor knew all about Beta Strep and had seen first hand how deadly it could be. He ordered antibiotics and headed right on over.
About midnight the ambulance to All Children’s Hospital arrived. They wheeled her into my room in an incubator so I could see her off and say goodbye. I knew she was sick, but I had no idea how bad. She had signs of the infection in her blood, urine and spinal fluid, meaning she had spinal meningitis at the tender age of 9 hours old.
It was touch and go the first few days, but then she pulled through. I learned a lot about being a parent, and how quickly life can change on you.
This was 27 years ago and they didn’t test regularly for Beta Strep back then. Doctors started regularly testing shortly afterward. No parent should have to go through what we did. It is very easy to treat during delivery if you are aware of it. http://www.babycenter.com/0_group-b-streptococcus-screening_1647.bc
You never know when you are going to need a hospital, but it is great to know there are some good ones in Tampa Bay. I will forever be grateful for the care Erin received at All Children’s Hospital years ago. They have changed over the years of course and are now known as Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, but will be close to my heart forever.
Kelly Harden, REALTOR®
CENTURY 21 Shaw Realty