Gavin was diagnosed with multiple complex congenital heart defects.
Nicole was induced at 39 ½ weeks. “The doctors told me I wouldn’t even be able to hold my baby after he was born, but my husband, Greg, fought for me to have a few moments before they whisked him away. I got about 10 seconds. But I was so happy to have that.”
Six days later, Gavin faced seven hours of open heart surgery. And two weeks later, after his heart rhythm didn’t come back, Gavin needed another surgery to have a pacemaker implanted.
“We were in the hospital over Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, 45 days in all,” says Nicole. “It felt like Groundhog Day every day, sitting in the same chair for 14 hours a day.”