Hope for HIE – Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy Hope for HIE – Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy


The powerful connection of HIE babies and their parents

January 23rd, 2022  | Family Stories  | News  |  By Evan Pullano


This was the very first picture of Aiden we took. At the time he was intubated on life support, had IV lines with multiple drugs pumped into his system, placed under heavy sedation, and was on a cooling blanket being cooled into hypothermia to slow the metabolizing of his brain from the Hypoxic event in order to try and reduce further brain damage. We did not want others to see him like that.

This event was the single hardest event in our lives. So many decisions had to be made by us with on the spot calls, that all came with other possible consequences. This also happened to be the first time we saw Aiden.

It was around 11:30 pm. He was born at 3:05 pm and it took till 11:30 pm to stabilize him. Nikki had been hastily sliced open during the emergency C-section, which was cut wider than a normal C-Section. But yet, she mustered every ounce of energy and bared so much pain, got into a wheelchair, and went to see our son in the NICU.

During this time what seemed like a miracle happened. He was hooked up to an EEG, measuring his brain activity. It was completely flat lined. I whispered into his ear “Everything is going to be ok.” His EEG was still flat. Nikki spoke into his ear, and his brain waves started to move. I did the same thing again with no result, as did Nikki, and they moved again for her. It was amazing.

– Evan Pullano, Aiden’s Dad



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