"We got Lucky, but we'll never know why."
Aaron Moos’ life changed forever on November 23, 2010. It was 10 a.m. when his wife delivered their twin babies by emergency C-section. Tiffany Moos was only 26 weeks pregnant.
“Statistically, being born that early, something very wrong should have happened,” says Aaron. Baby Ledger was first to arrive, weighing two pounds. His sister, Berklie, came next at one pound, 13 ounces. Both babies were immediately taken to St. Alexius’ Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
“I didn’t even know what a NICU was,” says Aaron. “Just as soon as I walked in, all I heard were bells and whistles, alarms and voices. It was like leaving the planet and stepping into a whole new world.”
Tiffany and Aaron spent the next 100 days by their babies’ sides. They stayed all day long, every day, but they were scared and anxious every time they scrubbed in. Nobody knew if their babies would survive. Eventually, they become accustomed to the sounds and the routine of caring for their babies. They are thankful to the nurses and doctors for giving them the encouragement they needed and they couldn’t be happier with the care they received. “Everybody in that NICU is like family to us. They are life-long friends,” Aaron proclaimed.
Today, Tiffany and Aaron have two beautiful, healthy two-year-old twins. Ledger is talking in full sentences, and Berklie is potty trained.
On Saturday, April 6, 2013, Ledger and Berklie will be highlighted at St. Alexius Foundation’s new fundraiser, a black tie event titled “St. Alexius Medical Center’s Night for the Stars.” Proceeds from the event will go to the renovation of the Children’s Center into “Alex Town” and the future renovation of the Medical Center’s NICU.
St. Alexius’ NICU has served the region for 25 years. Each year, about 240 babies are cared for by 35 nurses and three full-time neonatologists:
Dr. Mahesh Patel, Dr. Karen Brown and Dr. Patricio Fernandez, who is also the region’s only full-time pediatric cardiologist.
“When I was asked if our children could be ‘Stars’ for St. Alexius Medical Center’s Night for the Stars, I was so humbled. I feel like we have the responsibility to share our story. The NICU is a very special place to us. We visit four times a year and will continue to do so,” said Aaron.