"The team at PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital and Dr. Ram were just an incredible force"

Rangasamy Ramanathan MD

PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital

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Starting a family wasn’t easy for the Kims, but you would never know that when looking at little Brandon Kim. Angela Kim had suffered four miscarriages prior to conceiving Brandon. Because of her history of miscarriages, when Angela found she was pregnant for the 5th time she was admitted to the hospital for complete bed rest at 20 weeks into her pregnancy.

Then, on Mother’s Day, when Angela was just 25 1/2 weeks pregnant, the unthinkable happened – she started hemorrhaging. She had no choice but birth the baby by cesarean. Their baby boy weighed just 1 pound, 13 ounces – and was very much at-risk. No one knew if he would survive.

He was taken to the neonatal intensive care unit and the whole NICU team cared for him as their own. Each day that Brandon survived was a miracle, and by late June, the Kims were told to “start painting the baby’s room.” They went home one night thinking that things were getting better only to be called back to the hospital in the morning. When they got to the hospital they learned that their baby’s stomach and body had swollen dramatically – the baby’s intestinal wall lining was dying. Brandon was fighting for his life – again.

Dr. Ramanathan, also known as Dr. Ram, and his team worked tirelessly over the next several months to bring the baby back to health.

Dr. Ram was just an incredible force,” says Angela. Finally, baby Brandon won the battle and in late October he was ready to go home with Mom and Dad. Today, Brandon is a beautiful, happy, healthy, nine-year old in third grade and thriving wonderfully. Brandon is the miracle the Kims had been praying for. The Kims are deeply grateful to Dr. Ram and the neonatal team at PIH Health Good Samaritan Hospital whose skill and determination kept him alive.

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