Monday Miracle Story: Brooklyn Payne

As part of our “Monday Miracle Story” series, we will introduce you to some amazing UC Davis Children’s Hospital patients, both past and present. Their families graciously agreed to share their journeys to help underscore the importance of donating to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals so critical treatments, health care services, pediatric medical equipment, research and education can continue.


UC Davis alumni Mark and Melanie Payne returned to California last summer to have their first child. On Mark’s first day of work in July 2017, Melanie began having contractions. She wasn’t due until October.

Brooklyn was born at only 25 weeks, weighing 1 pound, 4 ounces. “We didn’t think she was going to make it,” says Mark. But she did. Meet Brooklyn and hear her miracle story.

How donations help kids like Brooklyn: CMN donations help fund extracorporeal life support, called ECLS or ECMO, which is similar to a heart-lung bypass machine used in open-heart surgery. This equipment is reserved for patients whose lungs or heart are so damaged they cannot function properly.

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