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Emma’s Story


Nurturing Emma: A Miracle Child

Two months old and weighing in at five pounds, little Emma Lafone is so tiny that her mother’s wedding band covers her entire hand. But this laid-back preemie, who already sleeps through the night, entered the world with all the fanfare of a diva.

In her 32nd week of pregnancy, Emma’s mother, Hailey, was diagnosed with severe preeclampsia. She then developed HELLP Syndrome, a condition that threatened the life of mother and child. The family sank into despair, silently wondering how Hailey’s husband, Ryan, and two-year-old daughter could go on without their wife and mother.

Realizing the danger Hailey faced, her Wayne Memorial Hospital obstetrician quickly referred her to a specialist.

Thanks to this decision, the family soon welcomed Emma, a tiny bundle of joy weighing just two pounds and 15 ounces at birth. Hailey, Ryan, and the extended family marveled at the miracle child.

After a week in neonatal intensive care, little Emma was transferred to
Wayne Memorial Hospital and straight into the loving arms of her maternal grandmother, Karen Hill, RN, who works in the Hospital nursery.

“My mother and her friends took excellent care of Emma until we brought her home,” says Hailey. “That’s the beauty of having a regional healthcare facility right here in Goldsboro.”

A great healthcare experience. A lifelong connection to Wayne Memorial Hospital.