A NICU Journey

A NICU Journey

Finn and Mac Carlson with their mother, Shannon.

Finn and Mack Carlson were born 24 weeks into their mother’s pregnancy, each weighing just over 1 pound, 10 ounces. For five months, the twins fought for their lives in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with their mother, Shannon, and father, Tim, never leaving their sides. Shannon remembers giving Finn and Mack daily pep talks, bending over them to say, “If you fight for me, I promise to fight for you for the rest of my life.” Now almost 11 months old, the boys are home, each weighing more than 12 pounds and growing bigger every day.

Finn and Mack were among the first babies to be transferred to and treated in the newly refurbished NICU, where the Carlson family developed close relationships with the nurses and doctors who cared for them. Shannon refers to the NICU team as “her prayer partners, her second family.” Now that the twins are home, the NICU team continues to provide support, making house calls and phone calls with Shannon to help manage her sons’ ongoing care.


“Brigham and Women’s Hospital is a special place. They saved Finn’s and Mack’s lives. Thanks to the NICU, we saw our babies grow, and I know they will continue to receive the best care available.”—Shannon Carlson


To support care like Finn and Mack received, join us at The Great Brigham Playdate on October 5, 2019 as we take over the Boston Children’s Museum for an evening of grown-up fun. Funds raised will support compassionate care for families within the Newborn Intensive Care Unit, the Division of Newborn Medicine, and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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