|Published:||Apr 10, 2013 5:53 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Apr 10, 2013 6:14 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Diana Acosta's son Carlos was born April 2nd at HealthPark Medical Center, two months too soon.
"We didn't know if he was going to survive or not," said Acosta.
Acosta believes the nurses and doctors are helping Carlos in his fight to live. Help is also coming from outside the hospital. The Naples Children and Education Foundation donated one million dollars to the Golisano Children's Hospital. In addition, Golisano himself will match that amount.
"Its a legacy gift because it's helping to build a regional hospital for children in ft myers but it will serve five counties, five in the region," said John Scot Mueller.
John Scot Mueller, a member of NCEF's Board of Directors, said the money will allow families to stay close to their sick children, instead of being forced to travel to Miami or Tampa.
"It'll make it easier for the parents, it will make it easier for the children and all the specialities will be located here in this facility," said Mueller.
Right now, between the neonatal intensive care unit at the Children's Hospital and the level one unit in Cape Coral, Lee Memorial is able to take care of 58 children. They are already at that capacity.
"Our goal is to never turn babies away, we will do whatever we can do to keep them here," said Michelle Waddell, the system director of neonatal services for Lee Memorial Hospital.