Two years before she got pregnant, Jessica Mozeico was told she’d never be able to have children. When all that changed, she was beyond ecstatic.
Everything was going according to plan—a healthy pregnancy, a healthy mom and no worries. Then an expecting mother’s worst nightmare happened—there were signs the baby was coming far too early.
In that moment, our labor and delivery experts performed an emergency cesarean section to save Jessica’s daughter Gabriella who was born seven weeks early and weighed just 4.5 pounds. Jessica was able to hold Gabriella for only a moment before the tiny baby was rushed to our neonatal intensive care unit.
Jessica and her father Howard Mozeico founded Et Fille winery in 2003. When he visited Jessica and Gabriella in the NICU, he suggested they make a small bath of wine to honor Gabriella. A bottle would be put away for Gabriella to open on her 21st birthday. They made the small batch and released a 2015 vintage for sale. “Then my father died in a tractor accident. He was 70. The wine named for his granddaughter is the last wine he worked on,” says Jessica.
For three and a half weeks, Jessica and her daughter stayed together under our skilled care. Today, Jessica’s daughter is happy and healthy. Four-year-old Gabriella is completely on track as far as development—and her preschool teachers say she’s a fantastic young learner.
Jessica is now participating in a clinical trial that combines parents’ needs with the input of our NICU staff to help improve the quality of NICU services across the country.
Read The Oregonian feature: Wine honoring a girl's life and a grandfather's legacy
Watch this story from KPTV: NICU Reunion