Miracle Story: Fuller, Roan, and Noble

On January 11, 2013, the Broaddus family grew from three children to six with the birth of triplets Fuller, Roan, and Noble. Born premature at 29.5 weeks, the boys immediately began fighting for their lives. They spent 41 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth in Beaumont, Texas.

During their nearly six-week stay, nurses in the NICU provided round-the-clock medical care for the fragile babies. Having six children, including the triplets’ three older sisters, who were 9, 7 and 2 at the time of the birth, made it hard for parents Jenny and Brian to be with their newborns at all times.

“One thing we were appreciative of was having someone who loved and cared for our babies just like we would as parents. The NICU nurses gave them the attention we would have given them if we were able to be there all the time,” said Brian Broaddus, who is an anesthesiologist at St. Elizabeth.

Being at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospital in Beaumont gave Jenny and Brian the opportunity to connect with the nurses personally, and they were always a phone call away. If Fuller, Roan, and Noble had to be transferred to Houston for their care, it would have put a much greater strain on their family.

Though being in the NICU was a tense time in their lives, the couple says their family’s strength grew alongside the physical health of their boys. The Broadduses say they’ll always remember the first night every family member slept at home.

“Not many people expect to need Level III NICU care,” says Kelli Huebel, RN, neonatal program coordinator at CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth. “We are proud to be able to support local babies when they need us, all while keeping their families close to home.”

This year, Fuller, Roan, and Noble are starting Kindergarten and are as healthy as ever!

Funds raised for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in Southeast Texas recently helped renovate CHRISTUS St. Elizabeth’s NICU allowing premature babies like Fuller, Roan, and Noble to have access to state-of-the-art medical equipment like the Giraffe OmniBed Incubators. These sophisticated incubators provide each premature or ill baby who enters the NICU with a controlled, stress-reduced environment, much like that of a mother’s womb.

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