Health

“Miracle Babies” Get Sweet Dream Room Makeover

Until recently, the Delgado triplets’ room looked bland. It lacked excitement.

“All we had in the room was a crib and a toddler bed,” said Mom – Priscilla – of her children’s room at their home at the Marine Corps Air Station in Miramar.

Now, the room looks completely different thanks to a Sweet Dream Room Makeover from Cecily’s Closet, a San Diego based non-profit that works with local designers, agencies, businesses, friends and family, to give children with special needs clothes, toys and room remodels.

The room, Cecily’s Closet website states, is “serious monkey business!” There are monkeys on the new bed, the walls, and event the bedding. The volunteer designer also included a monkey driving his own banana car.  The goal was to make the room bright, cheery and full of energy. Priscilla, her Marine husband, Juan, and the triplets—Martin, Jordan, and Juan (Chano)—love it.

“We are very excited. They added art, color and imagination,” said Priscilla,. “It’s a great change for the kids.”

The Delgado family did not know they had been nominated for the room remodel. Another big surprise was the donation of $5000 by an anonymous Encinitas family.

The nomination was submitted by Patrick Wilkens, supervising therapist for the County’s North Medical Therapy Unit of the California Children’s Services (CCS), where Jordan gets physical and occupational therapy twice a week. CCS is a countywide program run by the County Health and Human Services Agency. It treats children with certain physical limitations and chronic health conditions or diseases.

“Jordan’s physical therapist, Amy Lioua, and  I feel this child’s mother is incredible. She  is always in a positive, happy mood even though she has to handle the daily demands of triplets  who have special health care needs,” said Wilkens. “Additionally, the father is in the service, which adds another level of stress on a family situation, yet they continue to have such a great outlook on life and their interactions with others.”

Born at just 23 weeks and 5 days, the Delgado triplets have had to face many challenges in their short four years.  Martin was born first, weighing just 1lb 3oz. His sister Jordan followed, coming into this world at 1lb 5oz. The last one to be born was Juan and weighed 1lb 5oz. 

All three stayed at the Balboa Naval Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Martin and Juan went home after four months. Jordan had to stay five more months. While each child faces unique challenges, Jordan’s disabilities are more pronounced. She is not able to walk on her own.

“They are our miracle babies,” said Priscilla, who stays at home to take care of her children and currently gets help from her husband who has not been deployed in three years. “We take it one day at a time. While Juan talks, Martin uses primarily sign language. Jordan is in a wheelchair but she fights every day and is improving.” 

Caring for three children, Priscilla said, can be a challenge but she would not change anything.

“It’s tough but is so worth it,” she said. “If I had to do it again and I knew the outcome would be the same, I would do it in a heartbeat. We love them very much and each day with them is a true blessing.”