T
hey’re tiny and fragile, and if you’re
the mom or dad, it can be beyond
frightening. Preemies are also some
of the most amazing stories anyone can
be a part of—true miracles.
It was a journey from the beginning
for Hardin Valley football coach Wes
Jones and his pregnant wife, Sarah, who
were on vacation when their trip took
an unexpected turn. Sarah’s placenta
erupted, and she needed immediate
surgery.
“We were seven hours away from home
on vacation, we have our other child
here and they said, ‘You’re having a baby,
your baby is at risk, your wife is at risk,’ ”
says Wes.
Davis Charles Jones was born on July
2—almost eight weeks early—on the
second day of the Joneses’ vacation in
Charleston, South Carolina. He was 16
inches long and weighed just 3 pounds
7 ounces. In his first few days of life,
he underwent surgery to repair an
abdominal hernia; the doctors weren’t
sure when he could leave the Charleston
Wes and Sarah faced a difficult decision.
Stay or go?
Their decision was to go. They requested
that their son be transferred to The
University of Tennessee Medical Center
immediately after surgery.
Ten days later the request was granted.
On a Saturday morning, Davis and his
parents flew home while the medical
center prepared for the arrival of the
“Charleston baby.”
“We knew the medical center’s NICU
was the best place for Davis,” says
Sarah. “When your baby is in the NICU
it’s challenging to find comfort in an
unfamiliar place, but with the private
rooms it really makes a difference. That
extra space helps mom, dad and baby
relax and get home faster. As soon as
Davis was transferred here, he started to
make huge progress and exceeded every
expectation the doctors set.” Wes adds,
“We’re beyond blessed to have one of the
best NICUs in the region, to have a place
that cares for some of the sickest and
most fragile children in the state.”
Baby Davis traveled in an incubator by
air transport, a medical team at his side.
“The staff was amazing, the pilots were
amazing. It was a very quick and smooth
process,” says Wes.
Now at home and healthy, Davis weighs
6 pounds 4 ounces, and his parents
say he’s making remarkable progress.
Their little boy has reached important
milestones like being able to breathe and
eat on his own. Now he’s starting to be
more like a baby and less like a preemie.
“So far he’s been a fighter; he’s exceeded
every expectation that every single
doctor and nurse could have,” says
Sarah. “I don’t know what his long-term
prognosis is, but we’re optimistic he’ll be
playing football for his daddy one day.”
The baby’s middle name is Charles, in
honor of the city where he was born.
“Our life got flipped upside-down, but
with so many great people, it’s been
turned right back up,” says Wes.
While at The University
of Tennessee Medical
Center’s NICU, preemies
are introduced to the
world in rooms that
provide the additional
comfort and ease such tiny
patients need. In the case
of the Charleston baby
and his parents, that made
all the difference.
Wes and Sarah requested that their son be transferred
to The University of Tennessee Medical Center NICU
immediately after surgery.
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