James, Santa Barbara
James’ mother was diagnosed with preeclampsia and had to deliver him at 28 weeks. He weighed only 2 pounds, struggled to breathe on his own and had to be fed through an IV. He spent 75 days being cared for in the NICU. Today, James is a healthy and thriving baby who loves smiling and cooing.
“We love the incredible nurses and doctor in the Cottage NICU and are forever grateful for their outstanding care.” – Brian & Thalia Kerstiens
Cottage Children’s Medical Center cares for over 14,000 children a year in our Acute Pediatrics Unit, Neonatal and Pediatric ICUs, the Emergency Department, Pediatric Trauma Center, and eight specialized outpatient clinics.
The PICU celebrates 25 years of service to the Community.
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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!