After her son, Howie, spent 23 days in the Renown Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Sarah Carmona Zink wanted to give back to those who cared for her son. We were there for her generous gift to the NICU and emotional reunion with Howie’s nurses.
Howie Zink was born with gastroschisis, a birth defect of the abdominal wall in which the intestines are outside of the baby’s body. He spent 23 days in the Renown Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Seven months later, his mother, Sarah Carmona Zink, returned with a trunk full of preemie-sized newborn pajamas, receiving blankets and a donation of $500.
“We owe just so much to the hospital and our family there,” Carmona Zink says.
Zink wanted to give back to the women and men who cared for her son, Howie, so she started a fundraising drive to fill a need for items just for preemies. The final count was 302 pairs of pajamas, 168 receiving blankets, 10 burp cloths and several books. Carmona Zink’s nonprofit, Dreams Foundation, Inc., also donated $500.
“This is the first time we have been back, so it is emotional,” Carmona Zink says. “My son just turned 7 months and has no residual problems. He’s thriving and doing fantastic. I feel so completely blessed. I couldn’t ask for a better medical staff.”