One Patient's Story

A year after a hard start to life, UK obstetrician’s baby makes a birthday visit to Kentucky Children’s Hospital NICU

Doctors and nurses flocked from every corner of Kentucky Children’s Hospital on March 21, 2014, to
give 1-year-old Connor Thompson birthday squeezes and kisses.

They noticed two tiny bottom teeth that would come in handy later that day for eating birthday cake, and
they called him handsome as he revealed those new teeth while smiling for pictures. With so many adoring
friends in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), it’s no wonder this miracle baby was showing off with
giggles, stomps and grins.

“If he’s not smiling, then you know something’s wrong,” said Misty Thompson, Connor’s mom.

Just one year earlier, Thompson, an obstetrician and gynecologist based at UK Hazard Women’s Health
OB-GYN clinic, diagnosed herself with preeclampsia – a potentially dangerous condition affecting the
mother’s blood pressure that occurs in 5-8 percent of pregnant women.

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