A story of success and survival from a premature baby weighing only 640 grams
Eighteen years ago I was in this incubator and never left the medical team alone. The emergency alarms would ring all the time. I made the lives of the nursing staff difficult. My parents prayed a lot, hoped a lot, and found strength from the wonderful staff here - they have done an exceptional job.
Today, 18 years later, I am doing my national service here in the Neonatal Department of the Laniado Hospital. The hospital was the only place I wanted to complete my national service. I have come full circle, and this is my way of thanking them. I have come here to give my support, especially to those parents who need it. I am there for them. I help all the staff and parents of premature babies as best I can, by telling them not to worry because their new born baby is in very good hands with an excellent medical team.
For my parents it was of course very difficult, they had never experienced anything like this before. But once again the nursing staff were very supportive and caring. Even now 18 years later this team continues to be there for them. For my part, I tell my own story, all these premature babies are in excellent hands and their parents will end up leaving the hospital with them with a smile on their faces.
It’s hard to believe that I only weighed 640 grams – but believe it, this is what happens here every day. For example, there is a 28-week premature baby here and he is indeed very small, and I indeed find it hard to realize that I was like him 18 years ago. It's incredible!
Etty Littig, Principal Nurse of the Neonatal Department commented, “I was then the Principal Assistant Nurse of the Department. Roni was there in the incubator and we remember her well because she was all red. She almost broke the incubator because she probably wanted to get out of it. And everyone who took care of her remembers her because she moved and screamed a lot. It was her way of demanding a lot of attention from us, and now she is here, giving back and paying forward the care and attention that was given to her. Roni, now encourages the mothers of premature babies by showing them how they will grow up - the circle is complete. We are very proud of her. Moms are suddenly very optimistic when they see the evolution of Roni. This is precisely what is wonderful about her presence among us today because she shows all these mothers, all these parents how they can grow and develop.”