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Published on September 20, 2016

Rachel, Robert, Catherine, and Julia Fitzpatrick & The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Rachel, Robert, Catherine, and Julia Fitzpatrick
Patients: Rachel, Robert and Catherine and Julia Fitzpatrick, Clarksburg, MD

Location: Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center

Service: Neontal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

Doctor: James Rost, MD

Rachel Fitzpatrick of Clarksburg was elated to learn she was carrying twins. She followed all of the guidelines for a healthy pregnancy with multiples, so she was surprised when she felt contractions after just 24 weeks. She arrived at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center and was put on bed rest to slow the progression of labor, but her baby girls had other plans.

Catherine and Julia arrived two weeks later, on July 3, 2015. Catherine weighed 2 pounds, and Julia weighed 1 pound, 14 ounces. The girls immediately took up residence in Shady Grove Medical Center’s premier Level IIIB neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), where they would spend the next three months. At just 26 weeks’ gestation, the newborns were among the smallest of the NICU’s tiny patients.

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