Jayla Manson, after spending 81 days at the NICU after giving birth, now thrives as a 2-year-old – CBS Philly

CAMDEN, NJ (CBS) – This Thursday, CBS3 will present our 12th annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Telethon. We call it “Give a little love” and we will raise money to help the four Ronald McDonald houses in the Philadelphia area.

New mother Michelle Manson never thought her infant would spend the first months of her life at NICU, but she was able to stay by Jayla’s side thanks to Ronald McDonald House.

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Manson was not even six months pregnant, but this little one could not wait.

“They were like her ass was there, time to push. I was thinking, can I call my mom? Everyone at NICU hurried in,” Manson recalled.

Ronald McDonald: Jayla Manson, after spending 81 days at the NICU after giving birth, now thrives as a 2-year-old

Little Jayla was determined and got short after her debut. She weighed about 1 pound, 5 ounces when she was born. She was so small that she was almost the size of Manson’s hand.

“She came out and fought. She was actually a medical miracle, they said,” Manson said. “I did not know what to expect. The only thing I see is pipes and plastic. She’s just sitting there with her eyes open and I think she’s at least breathing, but of course I was still freaked out.”

Ronald McDonald: Jayla Manson, after spending 81 days at the NICU after giving birth, now thrives as a 2-year-old

Manson was discharged, leaving baby Jayla at NICU at Cooper University Hospital.

“The first night, I think I cried all night,” she said.

After a few days, the hour-long drive each way to visit Jayla began to take its toll on the new mom. That was when she found out that Ronald McDonald House in Camden was a block away and she was admitted to the program.

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“I packed my suitcases, it was done,” she said. “I packed my whole room, it was like, okay, let’s move in.”

Jayla wanted to be in the hospital for 81 days – a time when Manson relied on the other Ronald McDonald House families.

Ronald McDonald: Jayla Manson, after spending 81 days at the NICU after giving birth, now thrives as a 2-year-old

“I had other moms here who also went through the same thing, so that made it better,” she said. “When we checked the hospital out, I think I brought her straight here, and she was the smallest thing in the car seat.”

Today, Jayla is a month away from her second birthday.

“Jayla is rampant,” Manson said. “She talks, she walks, she touches things, she shouts at me.”

And she thrives and runs around Ronald McDonald House, a place that will forever be a special place for their family.

“I can not thank them enough for all they have done for me,” Manson said.

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Our “Give a little love” telethon is this Thursday from kl. 06.00 to 20.00 right here on CBS3.

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