A viral photo of a preemie wearing a custom helmet is spreading a powerful message
Earlier this week, a mom named Lori shared an adorable photo of her 8-month-old daughter with the Facebook group, Pantsuit Nation. In the picture, the baby wears a cranial helmet with the quote “Nevertheless she persisted” on it in craft stickers.
In the photo’s caption, Lori offers hope to fellow NICU parents. “For the NICU parents,” she writes, “This year was the most difficult year in my life with one major silver lining pictured below. My little girl was born with some health issues that resulted in some pretty intense interventions that ended up saving her. We were told by the doctors some pretty scary news….we were given an explanation of what to expect but nevertheless, despite the rollercoaster, she persisted.” The photo was an instant hit, gathering thousands of supportive comments and likes.
Unless you’ve been living on an island without wifi for the past month, then you know that “Nevertheless, she persisted” was the excuse turned feminist motto given by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell when he stopped Senator Elizabeth Warren from objecting to the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General.
Lori’s daughter has definitely persisted. About halfway through her pregnancy, Lori found out there was a blood incompatibility that could not be resolved with a rhoGAM shot. This meant the baby was at risk for premature birth or that the pregnancy could end in miscarriage. “We had to travel 1.5 hours away to a specialty hospital because no one wanted to touch her,” she tells Scary Mommy.
“She ended up needed two intrauterine transfusions. Picture one doctor pushing the baby aside with the ultrasound machine in utero and another doctor going in utero with an 8 inch needle to where the placenta meets the umbilical cord to inject donor blood in a 4mm vein.” The second time Lori and the baby needed an intrauterine transfusion, the doctors had to find an vein in the baby while she was still in utero. If that doesn’t sound terrifying enough, all of this had to be done without anesthesia and with Lori trying not to move so the baby wouldn’t get hurt. “This pre-natal team of doctors and fellows was amazing,” she says.