Meet Brooklyn

Brooklyn West

The holidays are supposed to be a happy, joyful time with family. For Joni and Jonathan West, that time was spent in Parkland’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Their baby girl Brooklyn was born eight weeks premature and in treatment for a serious anemic condition at just 11 days old on Christmas Day. Her treatment included three blood transfusions and a feeding tube, making it difficult for her family to embrace the spirit of the season.

Parkland understands how tough it can be on patients and their families to be in the hospital during what is typically a joyous time. For this reason, the caregivers at Parkland go above and beyond by decorating the lobby of the hospital, coordinating Santa visits with the children and handing out stockings filled with special gifts.

“It’s what we do for our patients, they are family to us,” explained Marjorie Quint-Bouzid, MPA, RN, VPN of Women & Infants Specialty Health.

Our Level III NICU – where Brooklyn was cared for – offers specialized services for infants with significant health issues at the time of birth. Parkland was the first to offer Level III NICU care in Dallas and is still the largest in North Texas.

Today, Brooklyn is growing and developing just as the NICU team had hoped. A difficult holiday season was the beginning of a healthy and happy future.

Every day, 70 babies like Brooklyn will be cared for in the NICU. Support of Parkland’s mission to provide medical care to every person in need and contributions from donors help make more patient stories have the happy ending they deserve.


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