• Lucy Pate, NICU patient


  • Small. Feisty. Fighter.
  • Even before she was born, Lucy Pate had a special connection to Holston Valley Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit – her mother, Marti, is a nurse there. But though she’d spent hours working in the NICU, Marti never imagined how much she’d be changed by 12 days there with her new daughter.

  • Marti tells their story

    In 2012, I was working in the NICU at Holston Valley Medical Center while pregnant with my daughter, Lucy. I hoped my pregnancy would make it close to full-term.

    Lucy was born Feb. 24, at 34 weeks, and she weighed 3 lbs., 15 oz. She spent 12 days in the NICU, where she received world-class care from Dr. Elizabeth Lail, Dr. P.J. Powers, Dr. Chris Martin and nurse practitioner Kelli West, and well as all the nurses, respiratory therapists and other NICU caregivers.

    She was so small and feisty – and that hasn’t changed! She’s 3 years old now and loves to sing and play with her big brother Jackson.

    Lucy is our little miracle and we are forever grateful for the loving care she received in the Holston Valley NICU.

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