PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - Seven years ago, Crystal Williams spent three months at the University of Louisville Hospital after her son was born premature.
Williams and her husband, Jeremy, didn't even try to have another child until she heard last year that Western Baptist Hospital was opening the region's first Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
“Both my son and stepson were premature, so we have a history of preemies,” said Williams, 25, of Mayfield. “I just had an overwhelming fear of having to go to Louisville and leave my children here, or having to leave my baby there.”
This time Williams had a smooth pregnancy until she developed preeclampsia at 22 weeks.
“I knew if I could make it to 32 weeks, then she could be born at Western Baptist and the NICU could take care of her,” Williams said. “We just prayed and prayed.