Premature infant:from the NICU to health|Loyola Medicine

Amaziah's Story: Premature infant fights her way from the NICU to health

Amaziah and her twin sister Azariah were born at just 23 weeks.  Sadly, Azariah was not able to survive and passed away shortly after birth. Amaziah, was admitted to Loyola’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where she slowly gained her strength and continued to grow. After many long weeks in the NICU, Amaziah was released and able to go home with her family. 

While her lungs were still young and fragile, Amaziah contracted Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV), a severe respiratory infection.  Her parents brought her back to Loyola where she was admitted to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) fighting for her life.  Even while she was intubated with a breathing tube, Amaziah smiled her way through her recovery.  Her feisty spirit, big smile and love of life have made this little girl a true fighter. Despite her early struggles, Amaziah now runs around her house, plays with toys and enjoys exploring the world around her. Amaziah is our hero.  For more information, visit