“She’s come so far,” says Martine. “Morgan is so loved here. All the love that I’m getting here is as a result of her. She’s made us stronger together and as individuals.”
The staff has been moved by how the family has come together to support Morgan through all the challenges in such a difficult year.
“They’re a great family,” says Dr. Jeffrey Perlman, director of newborn medicine and medical director of the NICU at NewYork-Presbyterian Komansky Children’s Hospital and Weill Cornell Medicine. “Last week, when we had that severe snow storm, I told [Martine] that it’s going to be tough to get to the hospital, and she said, ‘Nothing will stop me.’ It’s very tough to have a very sick baby on the unit for approximately 300 days, but the team has always had faith and constantly provide support, love, and intense caring for Morgan with grace — and always with a smile.”
The proposal brought tears and joy after a long year in which the family experienced their share of ups and downs. The proposal was one of the few times that both Martine and Teon were able to be in the same room with Morgan together since her birth due to restrictions designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
It’s a moment they’ll never forget. “Forever just started,” says Martine. “We have a beautiful baby. We were always going to plan a future and a family for us, but now it’s official.”