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Published on May 08, 2018

MidMichigan Home Care Helped a New Family Thrive

Photo of Benjamin Campbell and his parents - Happy and Healthy following care with MidMichigan Home Care.Ben Campbell’s parents, Emily and Dylan, have nothing but praise for the home care nurses who helped them gain the confidence and skills needed to care for their special child.

When Emily Campbell delivered her son, Benjamin, in August 2017, he was 14 weeks early and weighed only 2 pounds, 6 ounces. Nine days later, tiny Ben was transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Michigan Medicine in Ann Arbor. Campbell said he was initially moved so doctors could drain an abscess on his liver. Unfortunately, that was just one of the challenges he faced. “They had to do some emergency surgery on his stomach and remove some of his intestine,” she said. “He had a fungal infection, a collapsed lung and his heart stopped. They didn’t think he would make it.”

At one point, Ben was so sick, Campbell was told to gather loved ones to say goodbye. “We had him baptized one morning, and that afternoon, he started to get better,” she said.

Ben continued to get better. “At one time, he had 13 different meds in his system and a feeding tube, but he kept getting better,” Campbell said.

On December 14, Ben was healthy enough to go home. “He still had a feeding tube and that was the only thing keeping him in the hospital,” Campbell said. “They taught me and my mom how to use it so we could bring him home.”

Being a first-time mom, and after spending 117 days surrounded by medical professionals who cared for Ben, Campbell was understandably anxious about taking care of him on her own. Ben’s father, Dylan, and both sets of grandparents offered lots of support. And, with help from MidMichigan Home Care, her confidence grew and Campbell was able to embrace and enjoy her new role.

MidMichigan Home Care provides a variety of health-related products and services that help individuals remain independent at home. Home care can help patients like Ben avoid re-admission to a hospital by providing care in the comfort of their homes.

“I was very nervous when we first came home,” Campbell said. “It was wonderful having a nurse come in every week. Our primary nurse was Amanda and we love her.”

At each weekly visit, the MidMichigan Home Care team would weigh and measure Ben, check his vitals, monitor and chart his eating and sleeping habits and check his reactions and reflexes.

“Amanda is so nice and she’s a mother, too, so she would share pointers with me,” Campbell said. “I could ask her anything. They all helped us a lot.”

She particularly appreciated that she had 24/7 access to health care professionals. “There was always a nurse available to talk to me 24 hours a day,” she said. “I did call a few times. Once, Ben pulled his tube out late at night so I called and they talked me through it. It was nice having them available.”

As Ben gained weight, his dependency on the feeding tube faded. By six months, he was happily drinking formula and weighed in at 10 pounds, 4.5 ounces.

“Ben’s care team was really happy with how well he did,” Campbell said. “They released him from home care and now we just see the pediatrician once a week.”

Campbell has nothing but praise for the home care nurses who helped a first-time mom gain the confidence and skills she needed to care for her special child.

“They were very open with me, always explained things well and even called ahead to make sure they were coming at a good time,” Campbell said. “I really recommend MidMichigan Home Care especially for people with babies and kids. They are wonderful.”

MidMichigan Home Care provides a variety of health-related products and services that help individuals remain independent at home. Home care can help patients avoid admission to a hospital or nursing home, providing care in the comfort of their homes. Those who would like more information about MidMichigan Home Care may visit www.midmichigan.org/homecare.