“Rodrigo was born at 27 weeks weighing just 525 grams because I had high blood pressure that put us both at risk. I had to wait until he was two-months-old to touch his little hand, and three-months to hold him for the first time. It was incredibly hard, particularly in the early stages. First, we had to make it through the initial 12 hours, then 24 hours, etc. He was on oxygen for almost 2 months, and little by little started to reach his milestones until he was finally released from the hospital at 4 months. I stayed with him the whole time at the maternal residence in Fernandez Hospital in Buenos Aires and could visit him whenever I wanted. The support from the other moms in similar situations was also extremely helpful.
When we were released from the hospital, my chubby baby weighed almost 3 kilos and looked like a newborn. The following week we returned to the hospital for a checkup, and then had appointments with the pediatricians at Fernandez Hospital every 20 days until he turned 3. After that, we continued going once a month, and now that Rodri is 4, we go every 6 months for follow-up. The only problems he had were with his vision, but he was referred to the eye doctor and they resolved on their own.
My chubby son is doing great: he´s super interactive, relates well with others, speaks very clearly, and has a great memory. His kindergarten is really impressed with him. At first, it was very hard – we had to take it hour by hour so he could adapt, but they took such good care of him, and now he´s doing so well.”
Sabrina Lastra, Argentina