Stacey Hedden

Stacey Hedden

Stacey Hedden, RN

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
Henry Ford Hospital
Detroit, Michigan
United States

In February I delivered my twins at 27 weeks. They were both taken straight to the NICU where the nurses worked endlessly to save their lives. That night my daughter coded twice, and it was not looking good. Her nurse, Stacey was working on the team trying to save her life. By the grace of God, my daughter pulled through and continued to grow. Every time Stacey worked, she was assigned my daughter. She became her primary nurse. Stacey went way above her job as a NICU nurse. She became a rock for my husband and I through this hard time. For Mother's day and Father's day Stacey bought us gifts and decorated our children's area in the NICU to make my husband and I feel special on our first Mother's and Father's day.

Stacey would spoil my little girl. My daughter was in the NICU for 5 months due to having hydrocephalus and needing a shunt. Her first shunt got infected and set her way back. For a while she was just waiting for her protein level to come down to have a new shunt put on. During this long, long, long wait, Stacey loved our little girl and would do anything to help my husband and me as we struggled with the long wait. Five surgeries and five months later, our daughter got to come home. Stacey came in early so she could be the one to walk us out for the last time.

Stacey fought to save our daughter's life the first day and walked her out of the NICU on the last day. Every day in between we knew Stacey was doing everything to fight for our daughter. Not only was Stacey a great nurse, but a great friend, 2nd mother to my daughter, and a person that will always hold a special place in our hearts.