Cayman residents have been digging deep to assist baby Gia Delaney, who was born prematurely on 14 Oct., as she continues her medical treatment in Miami.
Parents Mike Delaney and Roshaine Jackson told the Cayman Compass they were overwhelmed by the generosity their family has received as well as all the prayers and best wishes sent Gia’s way.
“I feel a lot of relief. There were a lot of anxious moments in the beginning and I’m starting to feel a lot of relief with her latest progress,” Jackson said via video chat from baby Gia’s hospital room at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, in Miami.
“It’s been amazing to see her grow and watching her progress. It feels so good.”
Gia no longer requires the use of ventilators.
As she looked over at her daughter who was being fed by nurses nearby, Jackson said the couple is now allowed to touch their baby and have been doing ‘kangaroo time’ with her skin-to-skin.
“That was just incredible. That was our first time holding her skin-to-skin. So, we felt amazing,” she said, adding that they can now cuddle Gia every three hours.
Gia was born prematurely at almost 25 weeks and was taken by air ambulance from Cayman to Miami for medical support.
She remains in intensive care at the hospital.
A special quiz night is being
held on 21 Dec. at Fidel
Murphy’s to raise funds for
Gia. Donations can be made
through Mike Delaney’s
Butterfield accounts –
US$ #8401455070020 or
CI$ #1361455070019 – or
WhatsApp him on (345) 938-4383.
Delaney said she was born weighing just 1.5 pounds and she has since doubled in weight.
“Her chronic lung disease is also improving. It will take a couple of years before it’s fully gone… that’s what the doctors are saying. Other than that, the nurses are super happy with her,” he said.
“We are super happy with her as well. We just can’t believe how far she’s progressed and she is basically just a miracle baby.”
Gia’s family has raised more than $10,000 to help offset medical and living expenses as their baby remains under the care of personnel at the Nicklaus Children’s Hospital in Miami. progressed and she is basically just a miracle baby.”
Gia’s family has raised more than $10,000 to help offset medical and living expenses as their baby remains under the care of personnel at the hospital.