Keeping Vigil: Spokane parents thankful for NICU nurses - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Keeping Vigil: Spokane parents thankful for NICU nurses

Posted: Updated:
Baby Violet was 14 ounces at birth. Baby Violet was 14 ounces at birth.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

Violet Abernathy is a bright-eyed 6th grader filled with endless amounts of energy.

"I like playing lacrosse, and playing the cello, and hanging out with friends," Violet said.

Looking at her today, you would never guess Violet weighed 14 ounces when she was born. 

Her father, John, remembers that at only 24 weeks along in his wife's pregnancy, doctors determined through ultrasound that baby Violet wasn't getting enough nutrients to survive a full term birth.

"The doctor looked at it and said she's coming out today," John remembers.

Marcy Doggett was Violet's nurse and remembers the time well. She said it was a daily struggle at the beginning.

"Some of these little babies are full of energy, full of life, and ready to be resuscitated, and say 'C'mon, work with me,'" Marcy said.

Violet was one of those babies. And her parents are forever grateful for the loving nurses like Marcy who car for their fragile child.

"I think I pray daily for these babies because they are in an intensive care unit," Marcy said.

More than three decades later, Marcy's 12-hour-a-day job in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, is still worthwhile.

During KHQ's visit, new mom Alise Doty, was caring for her premature twins, Jade and Myra, in the NICU.

"It's really hard not having my babies at home, but the nurses here are so wonderful," she said. Unexpected complications brought Alise and her twins to the NICU. It was a rocky start, but the babies are now thriving. "The nurses have truly been angels to us."

Just like baby Violet.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • If you received an annoying robocall offering a free cruise, you might be entitled to at least $300, possibly $900

    If you received an annoying robocall offering a free cruise, you might be entitled to at least $300, possibly $900

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 4:18 PM EDT2017-08-16 20:18:16 GMT

    NEW YORK - Have you received an annoying robocall saying you won a free cruise? That phone call could get you up to $900 thanks for a recent class action lawsuit.  The lawsuit claims Resort Marketing Group (RMG), a third-party travel agency, made pre-recorded robocalls from July 2009 to March 2014 offering free cruises with Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line.

    >>

    NEW YORK - Have you received an annoying robocall saying you won a free cruise? That phone call could get you up to $900 thanks for a recent class action lawsuit.  The lawsuit claims Resort Marketing Group (RMG), a third-party travel agency, made pre-recorded robocalls from July 2009 to March 2014 offering free cruises with Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian Cruise Line.

    >>
  • Juvenile arrested in downtown Spokane shooting

    Juvenile arrested in downtown Spokane shooting

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 6:23 PM EDT2017-08-16 22:23:57 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police have arrested a juvenile in connection to a fatal shooting in downtown Spokane on Tuesday, according to our partners at The Spokesman Review.  The boy, whose name and age have not been released, is facing a charge of 2nd Degree Manslaughter.  Police believe the juvenile shot and killed a man inside a parked car near Washington and Spokane Falls Blvd.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Police have arrested a juvenile in connection to a fatal shooting in downtown Spokane on Tuesday, according to our partners at The Spokesman Review.  The boy, whose name and age have not been released, is facing a charge of 2nd Degree Manslaughter.  Police believe the juvenile shot and killed a man inside a parked car near Washington and Spokane Falls Blvd.

    >>
  • One person dead after shooting in downtown Spokane

    One person dead after shooting in downtown Spokane

    Tuesday, August 15 2017 8:01 PM EDT2017-08-16 00:01:57 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Police say one person is dead after a shooting Tuesday afternoon in downtown Spokane. It happened near W. Main Ave. and N. Washington St around 3:45 p.m. Police say a person was found with a gunshot wound in the area and was pronounced dead shortly after.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Police say one person is dead after a shooting Tuesday afternoon in downtown Spokane. It happened near W. Main Ave. and N. Washington St around 3:45 p.m. Police say a person was found with a gunshot wound in the area and was pronounced dead shortly after.

    >>
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Top Stories from KHQHomeMore>>

  • Level 3 evacuations in place for Monument Hill fire near Quincy

    Level 3 evacuations in place for Monument Hill fire near Quincy

    Thursday, August 17 2017 2:07 AM EDT2017-08-17 06:07:25 GMT

    QUINCY, Wash. - Update 11 p.m. Wednesday: The Grant County Sheriff's office reports the Monument Hill Fire burning near Quincy is 500 acres and growing as of Wednesday night. The Sheriff's Office says state mobilization has been approved for the fire, which means firefighting resources from across the state of Washington can be assigned to help fight the fire.

    >>

    QUINCY, Wash. - Update 11 p.m. Wednesday: The Grant County Sheriff's office reports the Monument Hill Fire burning near Quincy is 500 acres and growing as of Wednesday night. The Sheriff's Office says state mobilization has been approved for the fire, which means firefighting resources from across the state of Washington can be assigned to help fight the fire.

    >>
  • Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, August 16th

    Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, August 16th

    Wednesday, August 16 2017 5:37 PM EDT2017-08-16 21:37:18 GMT
    Mad Minute for 12/30/16Mad Minute for 12/30/16

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, August 16th.

    >>

    Here are the extended versions of the KHQ Local News 11 at 11 Mad Minute stories from Wednesday, August 16th.

    >>
  • Dog lost during windstorm returns home 2 years later

    Dog lost during windstorm returns home 2 years later

    Thursday, August 17 2017 1:39 AM EDT2017-08-17 05:39:49 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - When Spokane was hit by a massive windstorm back in 2015, it took its toll on many people. But one family was hit extra hard. During the storm Shanley Heinsma's son let her dog Shadow out of the house, that was the last time she saw her.

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - When Spokane was hit by a massive windstorm back in 2015, it took its toll on many people. But one family was hit extra hard. During the storm Shanley Heinsma's son let her dog Shadow out of the house, that was the last time she saw her.

    >>