Amelia inhaled meconium in the womb, which resulted in serious lung problems.

Amelia spent 18 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Months of preparation, reading, classes and research couldn’t have prepared these two first-time parents for what we were about to endure. Minutes after our daughter, Amelia, was born, we were informed of her fragile state and that Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin was en route in the sky.

Amelia inhaled meconium in the womb, which resulted in serious lung problems. Our hometown hospital was doing as much as they could, but wasn’t able to give Amelia the care she needed. When the Transport Team from Children’s Hospital arrived, we were confused, exhausted and terrified — and they could tell.

Each of them took the time to consult with my husband and I, walking us through all the steps they were about to take to save Amelia’s life. They were realistic, yet reassuring. In the midst of all the fast chaos of consulting with her doctors, preparing her for the flight and giving us the many details of what was ahead, they stood quietly by as we had Amelia baptized and tried to find peace in what could have been our only minutes as a family of 3. We touched her for the first time as we said goodbye, and a member of the Transport Team cried with us. She told us they would work hard so we’d be reunited once again.

Upon arrival at Children’s Hospital, a doctor who was a member of Amelia’s Transport Team called my hospital room to tell me about the flight. “For future reference, she gets a little cranky during helicopter rides,” he softly joked. He gave me a full report and assured me that her care team was working feverishly to make sure I’d get to see my little girl alive again and that she was in the best hands. He was right.

Throughout Amelia’s 18-day stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Transport Team members came to visit and check on her progress. We owe everything to her care team at Children’s Hospital. The expertise and world-class care they provide are the reasons we now have a healthy and happy 7-month-old. Their kindness, compassion and concern for the well-being of our family was unexpected and unmatched. One thousand lifetimes wouldn’t be long enough to express my gratitude.

Sara Montonati– Sara Montonati, guest blogger

Sara is the mother of Amelia, a former patient of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin’s Transport Team and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.


How the Transport Team at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin gave us our baby back — 4 Comments

  1. I am very happy for your special gift Amelia.Children’s hospital and all there staff are excellent!I have a daughter that was also transported by the transport team and they were great!our little bundle of joy is 7 now,but she was born with Pulmonary Atresia with Intact Ventricular Septum and also DiGeorge syndrome.she was only born with 20% of her heart and #20 chromosome and everything in her midline section not fully developed.she has had a heart transplant when she was only 3 weeks old.with the great care they have at children’s!

  2. That is a very rewarding story to read. Now we need everyone’s prayers for our precious “Pearce”. He has his very risky open heart surgery on Thursday. Hopefully God will help his doctor to do the best ever. It is going to be a very long couple of weeks.

  3. Most people don’t know all that is involved in transporting a child. There is no room for error, every thing must go right.I know from having been involved in neonatal care many years ago. Our oldest son is now one of those wonderful people who do this kind of work.It takes a lot out of them. Most take a loss as a if it was their child.We should keep them in our prayers and thoughts,just as we do for the infant and parents.

  4. Couldn’t read that without crying! Amelia is such a gift. Enjoy every moment.