A Birthday Boy Beats the Odds: Kyle's amazing "then and now" photos

Kyle Thompson
Kyle in April 2014 at a clinic visit with Dr. Rosalia Misseri
Kyle Thompson, Cumberland, Ind.
Kyle Thompson, Cumberland, Ind., weighed 1 pound, 1 ounce at birth

A very special birthday boy has a lot to celebrate today. Kyle Thompson from Cumberland, Ind., is one year old.

When Kyle was born on October 1, 2013, he was just shy of 23 weeks’ gestation, weighing just 1 pound, 1 ounce. “As soon as I delivered, the doctor took me by the hand,” recalls Shemia. “She told me, ‘There isn’t much we can do, there isn’t equipment small enough. We can place him in your arms and let you say your goodbyes, or we could rush him to Riley and try to save him.’”

Shemia felt strongly that it was time to fight, not to say goodbye. Kyle was rushed to Riley Hospital. Twenty minutes later, he had a strong heart rate. Riley neonatologist Brenda Poindexter, M.D., who cared for Kyle, estimates that he had only a 2 percent chance of surviving without significant neurodevelopmental impairment. “Kyle is definitely a fighter,” said Dr. Poindexter. “And his mother has been at his side every step of the way.”

Kyle fought those odds and won. He grew big and strong enough to go home in early 2014. He made visits to Riley specialists, and cleared hurdle after hurdle.

He is celebrating his first birthday as a healthy, happy, strong little boy who has no apparent developmental delays. “Kyle is a bundle of joy,” says Shemia. “He’s my miracle baby.”

Shemia shares this message for the generous donors who helped make Kyle’s first home at Riley Hospital so comfortable: “I just want to say thank you. You don’t know how much of a blessing Riley is. Riley will forever have a place in our heart.”

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