Monday, December 23 2013, 06:27 PM MST
Family Calls Daugther a "Champ"
(KUTV) – A Southern Utah family is celebrating the holiday as a family of three this year. Their first child was born earlier this year. And one day, little Frankie Mae Johnson will learn how she stole the hearts of her mother and father. She certainly stole the hearts of our crew. Frankie’s story starts in July, when doctors decided she needed to come 10 weeks early. Her mother’s health was a concern to doctors, so the best option was for Lindsey Johnson to give birth. This decision did not come as a shock to the family. "The doctors prepared us in advance," said Edwin Johnson. "They said she would possibly come early."
Frankie Mae was born on July 2nd. She would spend the first weeks of her life in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Dixie Regional Medical Center. It was a rough time for her mother Lindsey and father Edwin. Lindsey had kidney disease and Type 1 diabetes. At one point, she had to be transferred from the Women and Children Center to Dixie Regional’s main campus. Doctors also decided that Lindsey needed to stop breast feeding her daughter. "My kidney specialist wanted to put me back on medication that she can’t be exposed to."
Donor breast milk was used to give Frankie the nutrients she needed to grow as a premature baby. In the meantime, her father had to balance caring for both his wife and daughter. “I would get off work and go home and go to bed. Right after that, I would come right back and be at the hospital all day long. And then after that, got home and then go to work.”
A support group of doctors, nurses and family all helped the Johnson’s through the tough times. Since her early arrival in July, Frankie Mae is now home and growing stronger. "It was rough but it was all worth it," said Edwin. "We love her and appreciate that we have her." Lindsey will likely need a kidney transplant at some point. In the meantime, the family is enjoying the holidays with their little girl.
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