Updated: 01/10/2014 8:54 AM |
Created: 12/27/2013 10:25 PM
By: Caleb James, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A three day Santa Fe vacation turned into months of hospital stays, check-ups and surgeries for one New York couple.
David and Liz Varga's first child was born unexpectedly a dangerous four months early as they traveled through New Mexico, far from home and family.
Little Ian Varga was born at Presbyterian Hospital in August, weighing just 15 ounces.
Since he was born, Ian has been too weak to go home.
"I see a living miracle every day," said Liz Varga."To see him fight."
Life is full of fights.
"I figured I could fight as well," she said.
Some fights we pick ourselves. Others aren't optional.
In August -- 24 weeks pregnant with their first child -- the parents-to-be came to New Mexico for a weekend trip.
"Just didn't feel right," said Liz. "So David took me to the emergency room."
Liz felt under the weather right away.
"Thursday I pretty much had my feet up the entire day. Friday I was at the hospital," she recalled.
Everything was about to change.
"Next thing I know, I'm having this baby tonight," said Liz.
Liz found out she had a pregnancy-related syndrome.
Her body was shutting down.
"At that point I thought, I'm going to lose both of them," said husband David Varga.
But the fight had only just begun.
"Three day trip became a 4 month trip," said Liz.
Ian was born by emergency C-section on August 30. He was too weak to go home.
So New Mexico, and the Central Avenue hospital became the now three-strong Varga family's second home.
Every day is a fight.
"He's flat-lined 3 times since mid-October," said Liz.
Ian has good days, and terrible days.
But no matter what, Liz and David say they've had so much help fighting this battle.
"The people just have this warm heart that you forget in New York," said Liz. "It's like being back in school. You see people every day. It's been like that."
Ian will always be a New Mexican deep down.
"The baby's nursery we decided is going to be a southwest theme," said Liz.
On Friday, there's one more big part of this story.
"AirCare1 is transporting him. Local company here in Albuquerque," said Liz.
Ian finally goes home on Saturday.
Pretty much when he was supposed to all along.
"He was due on December 20, which was just on Friday," said Liz.
Baby Ian may have some long-term affects from being born so early. his lungs we're told have been the slowest to develop.
The Varga family leaves for New York at 9 a.m. on Saturday.