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Local musician gives back

Father composes “Safe,” a song inspired by his child’s hospital stay

When Mark and Nicole Melloan’s twins, John and Lucy, were born at only 24 weeks, Lucy had a very difficult breech delivery. She had a collapsed lung and was in severe respiratory distress. The “Just for Kids” Transport team traveled to the hospital in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, stabilized her and brought her to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Norton Children’s Hospital.

The Melloans were already familiar with the excellent care at Norton Children’s, after their nephew, Jake, had been born early and spent time in the NICU.

“In fact, on the first night, the same nurse who had cared for our nephew was Lucy’s nurse,” Mark said. “With Lucy’s big brother, Jack, at home in Elizabethtown, and Lucy’s twin brother, John, at another hospital, we couldn’t be with her 24 hours a day. We relied on her NICU nurses and trusted them completely. We could call and check on her at any time, even in the middle of the night. The neonatologists were also wonderful, but the nurses were the direct line to our baby girl.”

Lucy was in the NICU just over two weeks. She’s now a completely healthy, happy 4-year-old. The Melloan’s story is similar to thousands of others. But, of course, it was new to them.

Inspired by his family’s experience with Norton Children’s, Mark, a musician, did what songwriters do. He put his joy and gratitude into words and music.

He dedicated this video to the staff at Norton Children’s Hospital:

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