Ryann and Paul Musser’s daughter Quinn Marie was born on October
20, 2015 more than three months ahead of schedule. She weighed less than
one pound, and measured just eight inches from the top of her head to
the tips of her tiny little toes.
Since she was so premature, Quinn had extremely weak lungs and was diagnosed
with pulmonary hypertension. For 48 days, she needed mechanical ventilation
and a high-frequency oscillator to help her breathe. The blood vessels
of her retinas were also not fully developed, a condition that can cause
serious vision loss if not treated early. Like her lung issues, Quinn’s
eye problems are now resolved, but will require regular monitoring as
she gets older.
“Typically, these are the babies who are not yet prepared to enter
the world,” said Frederick Memorial Hospital’s NICU Medical
Director Dr. Bharti Razdan. “Part of our job is to use the 21st century technology we have in the NICU to substitute for the infant’s
loss of time within the mother.”
As recently as last year, a baby as small as Quinn would have been flown
to a neonatal intensive care unit in Washington or Baltimore for care.
Fortunately for Quinn and her family, FMH is a Level III Perinatal Center,
a designation which allows staff to care for infants as young as 24 weeks
of gestational age. As a result, Quinn was able to stay right here in
our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, where she was cared for by Johns Hopkins
neonatologists and neonatal nurse practitioners, and her parents could
be an integral part of her care.
As she approaches her first birthday this fall, Quinn is growing well,
and is gaining on her developmental milestones.
“Families in the Frederick community are so fortunate to have a NICU
of this caliber right here in our own backyard,” said Ryann Musser.
To learn more about the Billy Miller NICU at FMH, as well as our BirthPlace,