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The Jack Adler Story: Mom Finds Reassurance in the NICU

Jack in the NICU

When Brooke Adler was discharged from the hospital after the birth of her son Jack, she had to leave without him.

Born with a pneumothorax, or a collapsed lung, and pneumonia, Jack spent seven days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.

Brooke and her husband, Jeff, of Sioux Falls spent much of their time during those seven days in the NICU with their son.

“We had thought we would go home in two days,” Brooke said. “It was very much a struggle when I was discharged, because I did not want to leave my baby, and I just sobbed with the thought of having to go home without Jack.”

Jack was born Nov. 13, 2008, after a normal pregnancy with no indications there would be any complications. During labor, the NICU team was brought in because Jack’s heartbeat was dropping and the birth was difficult. She recalls being completely focused on the doctor and then looking up to see a team of 13 – 14 people in the room.

Jack was put on oxygen for three to four days and was unable to leave the hospital until he received the full seven days of his antibiotic.

“The nurse was so good and she gave me a hug and said, ‘We’ll call when we need you.’ It was so comforting that she would call me if she needed me, and I was still the mom.”

The Adlers spent all day, from early morning until late at night, at the hospital, would go home to sleep and come back the next day to be with their son.

Jack Today

“The night I was discharged, I remember going into the NICU unit and sobbing,” Brooke said. “The nurse was so good and she gave me a hug and said, ‘We’ll call when we need you.’ It was so comforting that she would call me if she needed me, and I was still the mom.”

Brooke said it was also nice knowing that Jack was safe at the hospital.

“I knew he was safe there and then all of a sudden we were given the go ahead to bring this baby home,” she said. “I was excited but scared to leave the comfort of the hospital.”

Today Jack is in kindergarten and has a love of sports and superheroes.

“He is just a healthy, happy little guy,” his mom said.

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