Little Eliana has come a long way since September 13th, 2012. That’s the day she was born, at 26-weeks and four-days, weighing in at one-pound, fourteen ounces.
"Her head was maybe the size of a racquetball and my ring fit over all 5 toes, loosely," says her father, Dan.
And she fought with some big complications, including chronic lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, pneumonia twice and more.
"Some days we weren't really sure if she was going to make it," says mom, Colleen.
At one point, a NICU nurse asked if they wanted a picture with their new baby. That question brought Colleen face-to-face with an even bigger question.
"Should I smile?” she remembers asking herself. “Because it was so hard and it was such a battle between life and death. And we weren't really sure if she was gonna make it. And I decided yes - I will smile because I have today. And tomorrow, she might not make it. But she has today.”
And after fifteen weeks in the NICU, Eliana was finally healthy enough to go home. And now…
"She's still on oxygen,” her dad says. “Her lungs are still healing. But she's doing really, really well."
So the Wright family looks at each day as a celebration. They hope Eliana will know that too, as she gets bigger and healthier.
“My hope for her is that she would enjoy each day and realize what a gift each day is," says Colleen.
The Wright family is also this year's feature family for Newborn Hope, a local non-profit dedicated to raising awareness and funds for the advancement of neonatal healthcare and well-being. Newborn Hope is gearing up for its annual luncheon and fashion show coming up next month. It's happening December 13th, from 11 a-m to 2 p-m at the Broadmoor. KKTV 11 news is a proud sponsor of this event.
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