Micro-Preemie Was Born Weighing Less Than 2 Lbs. Soon She’ll Be a Nurse at NICU That Saved Her Life

Hayley Good, then and now.
Photo: Courtesy of The Good Family; Savannah Whaley with SGW Photography

In a heartwarming turn of events, 22-year-old Hayley Good is set to begin her career as a nurse in the same Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) where she was once a micro-preemie. Graduating with a nursing degree in May, Good is excited to give back to the place that saved her life and to support the parents of her future patients.

Born at just 24 weeks, weighing a mere 1 lb., 9 oz., Good spent over four months in the NICU at Ohio State University Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Despite the challenges she faced, Good was inspired by the care and love shown to her by the NICU nurses, fueling her desire to become a nurse herself.

Tragically, Good’s identical twin sister did not survive, adding to the emotional journey her family endured. However, their faith and resilience led them to believe that Good was a true miracle, destined to make a difference in the world.

Now, as she prepares to join the team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Good reflects on the emotional rollercoaster that families in the NICU experience. She hopes to be a beacon of hope for them, showing that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that miracles do happen.

With a deep understanding of the complexities of the NICU environment, Good is ready to care for both thriving babies and those facing challenges. Her own story serves as a testament to the power of hope and resilience, inspiring others to believe in the possibilities that lie ahead.

As she embarks on this new chapter, Good is eager to share her journey with others, offering a message of hope and positivity to families going through similar experiences. Her story is a reminder that with love, support, and dedication, anything is possible in the face of adversity.