HOME  
  RESEARCH  
  NEONATAL  
  HEALTH  
  BOOKLETS  
  NEWS  
  PSAs  
  ABOUT  
WRI GRANT OPENS DOOR TO INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR PREMATURE INFANTS IN CALIFORNIA HOSPITAL

Za'riyah Johnson was born July 1 at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) in Pomona, CA. Arriving more than four months premature, she weighed just a pound and a half and fit in the palm of her mother's hand. But thank to a $24,000 grant to PVHMC from the Will Rogers Institute, this high-risk newborn became the first baby at the hospital to be treated with a neurally adjusted ventilator assist (NAVA) with enhanced bi-level continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) capabilities.

This technology is an entirely new way of helping babies breathe without inserting a breathing tube that can cause chronic lung damage and infections into their lungs. Almost all premature infants are unable to breathe on their own because their lungs are not fully developed; respiratory distress is a leading cause of death for premature infants. Because mothers can hold their infants who are fitted with this device more easily, the equipment also helps to promote mother/baby bonding, another lifesaving essential for tiny newborns.

Initially put on a ventilator breathing tube, Za’riyah was able to be taken off the ventilator and breathe spontaneously with assistance from a NAVA. "I'm really glad that she's at Pomona Valley Hospital and was the first to use this new technology," said her mother, Margaret Lewis. "It brought a sense of relief.  The machine is giving her what she needs to keep breathing. She's growing. She's still fighting. And those are all good signs."

“One of the primary missions of the Will Rogers Institute is to promote pulmonary healthcare issues. There is no better way to do this than to help PVHMC with the purchase of this vital equipment,” said Jim Orr, president of distribution at FilmDistrict and chair of the Will Rogers Institute’s Neonatal Committee. “We’re extremely grateful to the Institute for the grant that has
allowed us to pioneer use of this advanced equipment in our region,” said Marty Sandoval, respiratory manager, Children’s Services at PVHMC. “Because of the success we’ve already had with this technology and the two units that were purchased, we hope to acquire more of the units to provide the best, lifesaving care to our tiniest and most vulnerable patients—premature newborns.”

EMAIL US    info@wrmail.org
CALL US     877.957.7575
FIND US ONLINE   
OUR MISSION
To perpetuate the memory of Will Rogers by promoting and engaging in medical research pertaining to cardio-pulmonary diseases and educating the general public on topics of health and fitness.
http://www.frontporchwebsolutions.com/