Children's Miracle Network: Xander's Story - KOTA Territory News

Children's Miracle Network: Xander's Story

Having a baby is such an exciting time for moms and dads. But what starts out as happy, turns into worry when nurses tell them that their little one needs to be sent to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). 

This week, we're showing you how a donation to Children's Miracle Network, however big or small, makes a difference for children here in KOTA Territory.

Xander's Story:

The Joyce's are now a healthy family of four, but they didn't have the easiest start.

Nearly two years ago, baby Avery Joyce was born first, with her twin brother Xander coming 16 minutes later. "He spent the first night with us, but in the morning they said his blood sugar's just not maintaining, his temperature is not maintaining, we need to take him to the NICU," said Xander's mother, JC.

While Avery was doing okay, Xander's body just wasn't doing what a baby's body should be doing. 
"The nurses just wrapped their arms around us and said you're going to be fine, it's going to be fine," said JC. Along with their babies, first time parents JC and Nick got a lot of attention from the wonderful nurses at Rapid City Regional Hospital's NICU, called 'Claire's Place.' "Having all the nurses not only helping us with Alexander, but Avery too, just a lot of the questions we had we had, because we had no idea what was going on," said Nick.

Xandra was in the NICU for seven days. When he was sick, he wasn't eating. But he's all better now. "He saying 'cookies!' all day long," said Nick. "He's a really good eater."

Xander is just one of many miracle babies in our area who needed special attention and equipment after being born. Thanks to Children's Miracle Network (CMN), Rapid City's NICU is stocked with the right stuff. Including the expensive 'Giraffe' beds that cost around $40,000 a piece. "I've actually seen a hospital without CMN and it's not nice," said Cathy Allan, a NICU nurse. "We're so lucky to have CMN here."

Allan has been a NICU 'super nurse' for  two years. "It's mostly happy," said Allan. "We deal with some unhappy stuff, but it's mostly growing and getting the parents to be the best parents." 

She says donations to CMN help buy the equipment needed in a NICU. Which gives kids like Xander, and their parents, some piece of mind.

"You don't ever think you'll end up in that position, but they were a huge blessing," said JC. 

Friday May 2 is the Children's Miracle Network radiothon. The event goes from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 755-9199 to donate. You can also donate by clicking here:
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