Tessa was born at 36 weeks and admitted to the Haselton Family Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) as a precaution due to her temperature fluctuating. One night in the NICU Tessa stopped breathing. Her family credits the extra precaution of NICU care to saving Tessa’s life.
During Tessa’s time in the NICU, her family was grateful to stay in The Little Cottages, which provide overnight accommodations to families of Cottage Health patients. Now, Tessa is now almost one year old and likes to stand, plank and dance by jiggling her shoulders from side to side.
“The amazing care in the NICU saved her life.”
– Paige, Tessa’s mother
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Hope & Haven
Jenny Schatzle’s pregnancy was going flawlessly until her water broke two months early.
Her twin girls were born at 30 weeks and weighed less than three pounds. They were rushed to the neonatal ICU at Cottage where they spent seven weeks under expert care.
Today, they are growing strong and thriving.
Pamela Vogel had a difficult pregnancy and went into labor four months before her due date. She gave birth to twins but her baby daughter did not survive. Pamela’s son Colton Vogel did survive but he weighed 1 lb 11 oz. at birth and could not breathe on his own due to his underdeveloped lungs.
Colton was cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cottage Children’s Medical Center, where he was put on a ventilator to help him breathe and to continue his growth under the careful watch of neonatologists and specialized neonatal nurses and staff. After more than 100 days, he was finally strong enough to go home to Santa Barbara with his mom and dad. Today, Colton is a healthy toddler who loves to smile and play.
Teenager Elijah Knight was on his way to school in the family car one morning with his father, LaMont, and sister, Lailah. They were suddenly hit by a Suburban that totaled their car and shattered the back window. All of the glass fell onto Elijah as he leaned over to cover and protect his baby sister from the impact. He was pinned against her child car seat, causing life threatening internal injuries.
Elijah was airlifted from Santa Maria to the Trauma Center at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for emergency surgery. He had a ruptured diaphragm and lacerated liver. He also fractured his elbow, collarbone and four ribs. After his surgery, he was cared for in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Cottage Children’s Medical Center. Elijah has recovered and is back to enjoying his favorite athletic activities, like running.
When a go kart accident left 10-year-old Dominick Guzman with serious injuries, he was flown to Cottage Children's Medical Center in Santa Barbara. The care he received there allowed him to return home less than a week after the crash where he's expected to make a full recovery!