Phillippa Leon-Thompson

Phillippa Leon-Thompson

Phillippa Leon-Thompson, RN, BSN

Neonatal ICU
University of Chicago Medicine
Chicago, Illinois
United States
Phillippa saw I was struggling and turned lemons into lemonade and did whatever she could to ease my frustrated soul.

When I got here to Comer NICU, my heart was heavy because not only did I lose my mom this year, but my babies came at 26 weeks. I was terrified when I got here and felt alone. I really wanted to go home. Half of the time I didn't know if I was coming or going. Nurse Phillippa has such great energy. I am not a people person at all but her good vibes pulled me in and made me love her. She prepared me for my preemie twin journey with what seemed to be the greatest love a mother would give to her daughter. She really put my mind at ease and made me feel comfortable. It was very easy for her to steal my heart, which is something that is next to impossible. I hate that I can't take her with me because I am a very good judge of character and she is truly an amazing nurse, lady, and mother. She saw I was struggling and turned lemons into lemonade and did whatever she could to ease my frustrated soul. I will never forget her. I have never loved a woman other than my mother as much as I love Phillippa and I just met her. People like her don't come around very often in my life because I am not comfortable around strangers but Phillippa's heart said I'm going to make her love me – that had to be what happened. She taught me how to properly care for my babies truly independently. She would say, "You can do it, mom. You're going to look and you will be doing all of this that I am doing on your own". She would smile from ear to ear when she saw my face light up from being able to take care of my own babies. If that is not love I don't know what is. This incredible nurse found her way into my heart in my darkest hour with little to no effort. She is the best nurse I have ever encountered and she will always and forever be in my heart.