Preemie Story – December 2023


Preemie’s Full Name: Ian Pryde
Parent Name: Jim Pryde
Gestation at Birth: (weeks) 32
Days in the NICU: 38
“Ian has remained a steadfast and dedicated human, in a rush to be born, and to achieve great things!” – Jim Pryde

Ian’s Story:

Ian was determined to take the world by storm, even while still in the womb. At 32 weeks and 4 pounds, he was delivered by emergency C-section at Bothwell Regional Health Center in Sedalia, MO on April 22, 2008. He was

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immediately transferred to the NICU at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City where he spent 38 days. He struggled through ROP and RDS, and experienced a potential diagnosis of NEC, though that issue resolved itself.

Upon discharge, he has continued to fight for what he believes in, and to succeed. Never one to sit idly by, he has involved himself in multiple academic and sporting activities including Science Olympiad, tennis, football, marching band, and jazz band. He attended the Joseph Baldwin Academy at Truman State University for two years, a 3 week program that allows 8th and 9th graders to immerse themselves in a college academic experience. His focus on science drives him, as he is part of the Project Lead the Way program, and intends to study Genetics after high school.

Advice for preemie parents currently in the NICU:

Take a deep breath, and know that your baby is in the best hands. Accept that there are going to be good days and bad days, and that your baby will get through them. Be strong, and remember to involve yourself in your baby’s care at every step of the way, and to also be mindful of your own physical, mental, and emotional health. Talk to doctors, nurses, social workers, and psychologists, and always be present in the day-to-day experiences in the NICU. Ask questions, take pictures, and give thanks to the miracle workers in the NICU.

Ian’s current age and milestones:

Ian is 15 years old, and is a sophomore at Warrensburg High School. After his NICU discharge, he met all of his milestones without issue, and by the age of 3, no longer required follow up or specialist visits. He has proven to be a successful scholar and athlete, and a kind and caring community member, friend, and big brother.