Home for the holidays: Preemie triplet born at 27 weeks leaves hospital for 1st time

Cody Ketcham
Cody Ketcham, born at 27 weeks gestation, heads home from Blythedale Children's Hospital on Dec. 15, 2021. Photo credit Peter Haskell

VALHALLA, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A preemie triplet from Westchester County born weighing only 1.5 pounds headed home for the first time Wednesday, just in time for the holidays.

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Cody Ketcham, and his sisters Mackenzie and Abigail, was born at just 27 weeks gestation after he went into distress as a result of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR).

All three babies were delivered early and baby Cody was immediately put on CPAP ventilation.

For months, Cody worked to get stronger every day and while he still requires oxygen, he was able to leave Blythedale Children's Hospital on Wednesday after weighing in at 13 pounds.

“He is without a doubt a miracle baby,” said mom Catie Ketcham. “And to be home for the holidays… this is great.”

Ketcham Family
Cody Ketcham's parents, Catie and Tyler Ketcham, at Blythedale Children's Hospital on Dec. 15, 2021. Photo credit Peter Haskell

Cody’s sisters, who were born at 2 pounds and 2.6 pounds, were able to leave the NICU from Westchester Medical Center on the day before Father’s Day and on the 4th of July.

With Cody’s dismissal, Catie told WCBS 880 that they are thrilled to be able to be home together as a family of five for the first time.

“It's been a journey – one you wish you didn't have to experience – but we're grateful for all the people that we've had at our sides,” Catie said.

And Dr. Dennis Davidson, who oversaw Cody’s care at the hospital, told WCBS 880 that he expects the newborn to grow even stronger in the coming weeks.

“His prognosis is excellent,” he said. “It’s perfect.”

According to hospital officials, Blythedale Children’s Hospital has admitted 139 preemies in the last 22 months and, “despite their significant medical complexity,” 91% of them have gone home with their families.