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NICU Nurse Reunited with Patient, Named Guardian Angel

Friday, April 16, 2010

September 2, 2008 was the most exciting, exhausting and emotional day in the life of Abby and David Hudgins. Abby was to give birth that day to the couple’s first born child, a boy they named Horus Lee.

“NICU Nurse Lesa Lewis is reunited with former patients Abby and Horus Hudgins. ”
NICU Nurse Lesa Lewis is reunited with former patients Abby and Horus Hudgins.

It was supposed to be an easy delivery for this professional dancer. But after more than ten hours in the delivery room, doctors decided her son was too large to be born vaginally and took her into an operating room for a cesarean section.

“The doctor told us the baby was getting tired and of course he didn’t want that to happen. So we had the c-section,” Abby remembered. “From that point on, everything happened so fast.”

Horus Lee Hudgins was born at 3:55 a.m. on September 3, 2008. Shortly after his birth Horus stopped breathing.

“After he was delivered, the baby’s heart stopped beating. They had to resuscitate him. He eventually cried. I remember them flashing him to me and then they whisked him off to the NICU.”

The doctors were concerned Horus’ lungs might collapse. So he was taken to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Norman Regional Hospital. Lesa Lewis, RN, was assigned to baby Horus and from the moment she saw him, she loved him like her own. That meant the world to Abby.

“As soon as I woke up from recovery, I went to see my little baby. He was hooked up to so many wires but Lesa was right there with him. She was taking care of him and made sure I got to hold him right away.”

It took nearly a week for Horus to get strong enough to leave the hospital, but thanks to the help and comfort from Lesa, he did. Now Horus is a healthy, happy and rambunctious 19-month-old.

The Hudgins have made a donation to the Norman Regional Health Foundation’s Guardian Angel program in honor of Lesa. The Guardian Angel program is a way patients can say thanks to a health care provider by making a monetary donation to the NRH Foundation. The employee is recognized among his or her peers. The donated funds go to support the award winning health care programs the Health System provides the regional community.

“As soon as I learned about the Guardian Angel program I jumped at the chance to thank Lesa,” said Abby. “Lesa was a light spot in a very dark time for us. We’re forever grateful.”