BISMARCK, N.D. - It wasn’t quite Santa’s sleigh and eight tiny reindeer, but a medical flight and its horsepower that got Mya Grace Adams home to Bismarck just fine and in good time for Christmas.
The tiny girl arrived back in Bismarck on Monday afternoon with her mother, Nichole Weigel, to be reunited with her dad, Jermaine Adams, and big brother, Jayce Weigel, 10. Grandmother Donna Weigel, grandfather J.P. Weigel, a great-aunt and assorted cousins were able to welcome Mya home through the glass of Sanford Health’s neonatal intensive care unit.
Born at 28 weeks gestation on Aug. 30 at Sanford’s medical center in Sioux Falls, S.D., Mya weighed in at 1 pound, 13 ounces. Her first tiny diapers, which her great-aunt, Shirley Lee, kept as a souvenir, were no bigger than a folded-up tissue.
Her parents went to Sioux Falls when ultrasounds in Bismarck showed that Mya was too small and not growing in utero. With medical issues including an Rh incompatibility and blood flow problems, doctors felt that the little girl would be better treated “out than in,” her mother said. Sanford in Sioux Falls had the technology she needed, Adams said.
Having reached 5 pounds and in a condition where doctors felt it was safe for her to travel, Mya Grace and her mother, who had been staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Sioux Falls, were cleared to come home.
They were hoping that she’d be back by Thanksgiving, but Christmas is great, too, her mother said.
“She’s gained weight and is doing very good,” Adams said.
Jayce, who is in fourth grade at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Bismarck, has been looked after by his grandmother while Adams has traveled back and forth regularly to Sioux Falls, a drive he figures he can now make in his sleep.
“But it’s worth it,” he said. With Mya home in Bismarck, his drive will be five minutes instead of five hours.
Having his baby sister home for Christmas was what Jayce wanted, Lee said.
Jayce said he’s already practiced changing Mya’s diaper and it wasn’t as bad as he thought it might be.
An account has been set up at US Bank to help with the expenses the family has undergone during the past months. Those wishing to donate to the Mya Grace Adams account may do so at any US Bank location.