Zion Oliver Moleon was a born on May 12, 2021 at 28 weeks and weighed 1lb 12oz. Today, after 110 days in the NICU at Catholic Health’s Mercy Hospital in Rockville Centre, Zion was finally able to go home with his family. He now weighs 8lbs 12oz.
Zion was born early because he was not growing in-utero; therefore, his mom Corine Moleon, from Uniondale, had an emergency C-section. Dr. Swarna Devarajan, director of the Level III NICU at Mercy, said " Zion was born with some immaturity leading to apnea, had a slow heartrate and low oxygen. Today, Zion is on track to live a happy and healthy life. We will definitely miss Zion and his mom, who became part of our NICU family.”
Zion was cared for by many at Mercy including Dr. Devarajan, director of neonatology; Dr. Jordana Hannam, attending neonatologist; Dr. Elizabeth Jacob, pediatrician; Marion Weber, RN, assistant nurse manager in the NICU; other NICU nurses; physical therapist; respiratory therapist; care management, pastoral care and more.
The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Mercy is a 15-bed level III unit. This designation, awarded by New York State, signifies the unit provides competent and complex care to all premature and sick.