Stockbridge, Ga. (February 15, 2017) – New parents Delicia and Demetrius Primus were only expecting to take a few pictures with their newborn daughter, Amiah, for Valentine’s Day, when they walked through the doors of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Piedmont Henry Hospital on Tuesday night. Instead, the hospital staff surprised the loving parents with a special in-hospital date night that they will be sure to remember.
Born at just 25 weeks and weighing a little over one pound, baby Amiah has spent the first four months of her life at Piedmont Henry’s level 3 NICU, receiving specialized care for persistent pulmonary hypertension -- a condition in which much of the blood flow bypasses the lungs. The Primus', who also have a four-year-old daughter, take turns to spend time with their new baby.
"Having our little girl in the hospital can be overwhelming at times not knowing what’s next," said mom Delicia. "It feels like a roller coaster ride at times.”
Touched by the Primus’ story, the staff at Piedmont Henry decided to treat the couple to a surprise Valentine’s Day dinner.
“Knowing the dedicated parents that they are, we just wanted to do something nice for them,” said Kimberly Pace, NICU manager at Piedmont Henry. “We couldn’t think of more deserving parents.”
The couple's big night began with a family photo shoot, thanks to Dimples Family Photography. Then, they were escorted to an overnight room, which was transformed into a “private restaurant” complete with red roses, candles and heart-shaped balloons.
With music playing to set the mood, the couple enjoyed a candlelit dinner of delicious Asian cuisine, sparkling cider and chocolate covered strawberries, courtesy of local catering company, The Grand Gourmet. They also received a special Valentine’s Day card from the staff on behalf of Amiah.
“Tonight was very special. We're so thankful to the staff for doing this for us; it means a lot,” said dad Demetrius.
Now 43 weeks and weighing a little over eight pounds, Amiah has proven herself to be a fighter, and her proud parents eagerly look forward to the day she is healthy enough to go home.