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Keegan Walker


I spiked a fever when I was in labor with my first child. The nurses quickly gave me an IV antibiotic and my son ended up being delivered by emergency C-section, as he was in respiratory distress. He was immediately rushed to the NICU, where blood cultures were drawn. Within hours, we were told my son had a positive blood culture and that he had neonatal sepsis. The doctors performed a spinal tap on him at less than 24 hours old and he was started on IV antibiotics that they administered through an IV placed in his scalp. He spent 10 days in the NICU on IV antibiotics, but made a full recovery! The best day of our lives was the day we got to bring him home, 2 days before Father’s Day. We are forever grateful to the doctors and nurses who acted quickly to save his life. We just celebrated his 11th birthday, our little tough guy!

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Source: Shannon Williamson, mother

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