Leo's mom chose to write this blog post in her own words:
I had just turned 20years old when I fell pregnant with Leo. I was very healthy, and so was my life partner and Leo's father, Austin. We expected to have a smooth, exciting pregnancy and a big healthy baby. I was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia at 25 weeks gestation. There were no apparent causes, we were told it can happen to any woman. I spent 6 days on bedrest at United Hospital, longing for my baby to be able to stay in at least another few weeks, but feeling miserable as my body retained more and more fluid and I was not allowed to leave my hospital room. On the last day, I was having increasing trouble breathing, and when an X-Ray of my lungs was taken, it was confirmed that the fluid had reached my lungs and that we would need to deliver immediately by an emergency cesarean. Austin cried, I was in shock. We were going to meet our baby boy that night, and we were less than prepared. The c-section was painless and rather a blur. When we finally heard our baby's cries, we both cried too, but he was taken away immediately before we could see him, to be cleaned off and hooked up to many, many tubes. For the next several weeks we watched our baby have many ups and downs. From not being able to cry out his uncomfortableness due to the breathing tube down his throat, to dangerously needing more oxygen than was possible to give him, and even at one point being told he may not survive all of this. Leo's nurses and doctors have been amazing throughout the past couple of months in the NICU, and we're so happy that after his last round of steroids for his premature lungs, all of his numbers dropped to healthy levels and he is nearly 3lbs bigger and chubbier than he was at birth. He continues to breathe on his own at this point, with slight help from his CPAP mask. He has very few steps left to go before he comes home with us, and being over that terrifying hurdle and onto so much progression is such a blessing. We're so thankful for all of the love, encouragement and support we've received from nurses, family, friends, and now the generous people of Eden's Garden.