Meet one-year-old Hadley Nicole, who celebrated her first year of life Monday morning.
"She's a spitfire," said Sara Dworak, Hadley's mother. "She's a sixteen-year-old in a one-year-old body."
November 6th, 2015 is a day her mother will never forget.
"I was completely freaking out and scared, and my husband was in Tennessee on a business trip," Dworak recalled.
Alone, and just 27 weeks pregnant, Dworak was admitted to Women and Children's Hospital with heavy bleeding and abdominal pain. She underwent an emergency c-section, followed by 73 days of Hadley in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
"I credit the staff here for her being alive," Dworak said. "If it weren't for them, I don't know where we'd be."
Staff, such as obstetrics nurse, Nicole Kenney, who helped Dworak through that difficult time.
"She stayed on overtime to be there for the c-section," said Dworak. "She basically replaced my husband when he couldn't be there."
Nicole Kenney is the reason Hadley Nicole has the name she does.
"It's just emotional because I don't do what I do to get recognition," said Kenney, in tears. "As nurses, that's just what we do, so when something like this happens, it's huge. It solidifies that I'm doing what I should be doing."
Hadley's big birthday present? Reuniting with Kenney for the first time since that day, and having a unique bond for the rest of her life.
"I just... I get to watch her grow up now," said Kenney. "It's just really special."
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