Deep Run Family Shares Story Of Strength, Survival

A tiny kick here, a squeeze of dad's finger there, all precious movements and moments for Casey Page and his family.

Casey is fighting to recover at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Casey was carried to term and appeared to be fine. He was born to Tommy and Paula Page of Deep Run at Wayne Memorial Hospital.

Unfortunately, joy was struck down by trouble.

Nurse Chelsea Rivenbark says, "At about 30 to 45 minutes of life, he started having some breathing problems."

Casey's father Tommy admits, "It's not something you want to hear as a parent."

Casey was taken to the Children's Hospital in Greenville and is suffering from Persistent Pulminary Hypertension. PPHN is a condition where the baby makes little to no transition to lung use at child birth.

"We're just trying to keep him calm and comfortable and deal with the problems that he's got in his lungs right now," says Rivenbark. "It's just kinda been a rollercoaster."

Amidst that roller coaster of highs and lows, the Page's appear to be calm. They credit the hands on work of the doctors and nurses, and also their willingness to engage them as parents.

"Even though we don't quite understand everything they're doing, they take the initiative to explain it to us. We've had multiple staff tell us, anytime you have a question ask," says Casey's father.

Tommy Page says the family is headed in the right direction, according to doctors.

The NICU can handle up to 50 babies at a time. It serves 29 counties.