Brandon parents Dara Courtice and Michael Farquhar were not prepared for the frightening news their baby would need to be delivered three months before her due date.
"It was really scary," Courtice said. "I had gone in for an appointment and expected to go back home after."
Their daughter, Peyton Rose Farquhar, was born Feb. 13 and weighed only one pound, three ounces.
She had to remain at the Health Sciences Centre for 99 days.
However, Wednesday was an exciting day for the family as baby Peyton got airlifted to Brandon only a day after her original due date.
"She still has high-risk appointments in Winnipeg," Courtice said. "But I got lucky because she has developed as she needs to."
Grandmother Connie Wagner-Farquhar explained that Courtice went in for a regular appointment on Feb 10, but was kept for observation. Her placenta was smaller than necessary to carry blood to the baby and her doctors made the decision to deliver the baby early.
During Peyton’s lengthy stay at Health Sciences, only her parents and grandparents were allowed to visit her. The rest of the family and friends continue to wait to meet the baby.
Friends of Courtice and Farquhar have planned a bud, spud and steak fundraiser to help cover some of their expenses. The fundraiser will be held on May 29 at Houstons Country Roadhouse. Tickets are $20 and include a meal and one beverage.
Wagner-Farquhar said this fundraiser will help the parents deal with the additional costs that have accumulated from Farquhar travelling back and forth to Winnipeg and expenses of living away from home.
"Some days were long and it was hard being away from home," Courtice said. "We are lucky to have had a great support system."
Fortunately for Courtice and her husband, they were able to stay at the Ronald McDonald House Manitoba while Peyton remained in the hospital. Courtice said that prior to their stay, she did not know much about the facility.
"It was a big help to us," Courtice said. "They have everything there ready for you. The affordability and support was great."
The family has decided to donate part of the money from the fundraiser to Ronald McDonald House Manitoba as a thank-you for all their help during the last three months.