Becky and Nathan Aamodt with their youngest daughter, Maesyn.

Give health: Maesyn Aamodt

November 20, 2020

Becky and Nathan Aamodt were ready to meet their third daughter, Maesyn. After a normal pregnancy, they never imagined her birth would endanger both Becky and Maesyn’s lives.

The day before Valentine’s Day, Becky went into labor. Everything was progressing normally until Becky’s C-section scar ruptured her uterus, putting Maesyn into fetal distress.

Their team at Sanford Fargo rushed to deliver Maesyn before performing emergency surgery on Becky. With expert care and the quick work of their caregivers, both Becky and Maesyn made it through the difficult delivery.

“We are beyond grateful that we live here and were able to have our baby at Sanford Fargo,” Becky said. “Maesyn and I could have been in a completely different situation if we hadn’t been here.”

Following her delivery, Maesyn spent 12 days in the Sanford Partners Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Sanford Children’s Hospital Fargo, where she continued to receive the best care.

To prevent brain damage from the time she was without oxygen during birth, Maesyn received a therapeutic cooling treatment. With individual NICU rooms, Becky and Nathan could spend time with their newborn before bringing her home to meet her sisters for the first time.

“We’re both extremely grateful for the doctors, nurses, speech therapists, occupational therapists and everyone who has cared for Maesyn this year,” Nathan said. “They watched over Maesyn and treated her like their own.”

Today, Maesyn is almost a year old. She loves to smile and shows no signs of developmental delays.

Throughout this experience, the Aamodts saw the impact of donor support. 100% of every gift made through the Foundation supports all aspects of patient care, including:

  • Education and training for the expert caregivers who saved Becky and Maesyn’s lives during a difficult labor.
  • Maesyn’s cooling treatment in the NICU to prevent permanent brain damage.
  • A NICVIEW camera system, which allowed big sisters Everley and Finley to see their baby sister while they waited to meet her in person.

“We are so lucky that Sanford has all these treatment options because of donor support,” Nathan said. “We got the best care possible.”

 

Give health

As you give thanks for all the blessings in your own life, please consider also giving more families strength and hope for a brighter tomorrow.

Visit sanfordhealthfoundation.org/holidays to make your first and most important gift of the season.