SOFIA & RYAN HOLTZMAN
Premature Birth Survivors
By Baptist Health Foundation
Thankfully, most babies are healthy when they are born, but in the case of the Holtzman twins, they were extreme preterm births. “When our babies were born they were small – very very small. Gabrielle weighed 1 lb 6 ounces and Luke weighed 1 lb 6.9 ounces,” said Sofia Holtzman. But South Miami Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is uniquely prepared to care for our tiniest patients. A full range of specialists, including pediatric cardiologists, neurologists, surgeons, neurosurgeons, ophthalmologists, plastic surgeons and infectious disease specialists, are available to the NICU as needed, based on the condition of each individual patient.
“For 121 days, Dr. Jorge Perez and his team worked day and night to make sure that our miracle babies came home to us,” said Ms. Holtzman. The twins progress fluctuated. Gabrielle was doing well but Luke’s lungs were not good and were progressively getting worse. “Dr. Perez called us at lunch and said, he’s responding – he’s finally responding.” Through the care of a team of physicians – known as neonatologists – together with neonatal nurses, and under the direction of Dr. Jorge Perez, the twins started to make progress. “South Miami Hospital will always be a part of our lives,” said Ryan Holtzman. “It’s just one of those things you just can’t put into words – how very grateful you are.”