MONROE, La. (KNOE) – There’s less than a week to get your ticket in the 2 Cars 2 Winners Raffle, which raises money for the NICU, PICU, and Critical Care Services at St. Francis Medical Center.
This week, we’re highlighting the McNeely family, who are very familiar with St. Francis. Jason and Stacy McNeely have had to rely on the NICU at St. Francis Medical Center twice.
“The first one we were 25 weeks pregnant, and my blood pressure just went crazy,” says Stacy.
She says they were in the hospital for about a week when doctors sent her home on bed rest. When she came back for a checkup, her specialists admitted her back into the hospital.
“Scary, scary, because you don’t know what’s coming next. You don’t know where your baby will be or how it will be,” says Stacy. “She was born at 30 weeks and she weighed a pound and 12.8 ounces, so she was at the highest level in the NICU.”
After baby Landrie was born, doctors were worried she might have had a bowel obstruction, so they transferred her to another hospital in case she needed surgery.
“Right out of a C-Section, it was extremely difficult,” says Stacy. “Four days later we were going to Baton Rouge.”
When Landrie didn’t need surgery, they brought her back to the NICU at St. Francis, where she stayed for 60 days.
“It was so much better to be here and home and just a quick drive away,” says Stacy.
A few years later, they were pregnant with their second daughter, Drew. Stacy says her blood pressure started giving her trouble again so they went back to St. Francis.
“And so we had to go prepare for immediate delivery,” says Stacy. “She was born at 31 weeks and she ended up weighing 2 pounds and 12 ounces.”
Drew stayed in the NICU for 30 days.
And now Landrie, 15, and Drew, 8, are healthy and happy. Something the McNeely’s attribute to the great care they got at St. Francis from Dr. Marc de Soler.
“You have to love it, so you have to be dedicated, and our staff in the NICU is a very dedicated team,” says de Soler.
He’s worked in the NICU for over 30 years now. “Some babies they need to be transferred to another facility, but most the babies they stay and we are lucky that we can provide the service we need in our community,” explains de Soler.
He says it makes it so much easier on the families to be able to stay close to home while their children are sick.
The 2 Cars 2 Winners Raffle helps provide new technology and renovations to keep the NICU, PICU, and Critical Care Services at the top of their game.
The NICU is the only Level III facility in NELA, and the PICU is the only Level II. That means families can get a very high level of care in our area instead of going to a city far away.
Ticket sales close September 30th at midnight and they’re $50 each. You can buy them on the St. Francis Foundation’s website or at Creed & Creed Law, Sparks Nissan, Van Trow Toyota, and the drive-thru and lobby of all locations of Ouachita Valley Federal Credit Union. When you buy a ticket, you’ll be entered for a chance to with a 2020 Nissan Titan Pro 4X and 2020 Toyota 4Runner Limited.
Tickets sold between now and September 25th will be entered for a chance to win an extra $1,500 through Vantage Health Plan.
Call (833)-884-2277 to buy tickets, or for more information about the raffle.
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