Premature baby is at home now without monitors or medication

December 24, 1991|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,Evening Sun Staff

SHAYNE HOLZMAN is home.

The infant, born almost four months prematurely July 16 at the University of Maryland Hospital while her family was visiting in Baltimore, is at home in Santa Monica, Calif.

She spent more than three months in the neonatal intensive care unit at University Hospital, flew to California via air ambulance in late October and spent almost five more weeks in a hospital there.

On Dec. 2, weighing 4 pounds 7 ounces, Shayne went home.

"I think she likes it here," said her mother, Susan Justin, during a recent phone conversation. "It's just delightful to have her home."

Shayne came home without any monitors or medication.

"She's on the irritable side," says Justin, "but she's not very loud."

At birth, Shayne weighed 1 pound 5 ounces. She is more than five months old now and weighs about 5 1/2 pounds.

Although Shayne still weighs less than many newborns, she has "a wise, knowing look" because "her eyes are five months," says her father. "She's really cute."

Justin, her husband, Allan Holzman, a Baltimore native, and their 3-year-old daughter Justine came here in July so Holzman could direct an episode of the syndicated television series "Emergency Call." Soon after they arrived, Justin gave birth. The family stayed here for more than three months. First, they had to wait for Shayne to grow big enough to travel, and then they had to find someone to pay for her air ambulance, an expense the family's insurance company would not cover. The Leonard Weinglass Foundation of Maryland paid for the trip.

The baby is sleeping in four-hour stretches, but Justine "stayed up allnight the first two nights" Shayne was home, said Justin. Justine has also been sick with a cold and fever and had to stay away from the baby.

"We're really not getting much sleep," says Justin. "But we're very happy to be home."

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