After an emergency cesarean section, Mila’s care team sprung into action, hooking her tiny body up to machines and administering medications that would help her breathe, eat and stay warm.
She spent the first 135 days of her life in the NICU at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, overcoming obstacles including brain bleeds, retinopathy, a cerebral palsy
diagnosis and lung damage that required her to be on a ventilator. Each day she grew stronger.
“Mila fought every day,” Paul said. “We had some great days and we had some awful days. It was a long four and a half months but look at where we are now. That's what I try and focus on.”
Today, Mila is a thriving 7-year-old who has not only reached her milestones but is surpassing them.
“They told us they weren't sure if she would walk or talk,” Amy said. “It took her a long time, but once she started walking, the words were coming. And now, she just doesn't stop talking.”