During the height of the Dallas Presbyterian Hospital Ebola crisis — as Anderson Cooper filmed his live shots out front and news helicopters circled overhead — one Lake Highlands couple and their burgeoning little family was inside the same hospital’s NICU dealing with more personally pressing matters.
On Sept. 23, at Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, Aimee Hardin delivered triplets Drew, Brooks and Hannah (boy, boy, girl). Drew and Brooks are identical, notes dad Joe Hardin.
The babies required several weeks of observation and treatment in the neonatal intensive-care unit.
A healthy Hannah came home on Oct. 21 and the boys finally followed five days later. Aimee, Joe and big bro Hudson were all ecstatic to have the triplets home in time for Halloween, Joe notes, including this priceless pumpkin pic.
Recently, finally, Joe — owner of the Texas Timber Bat Co. whose past neighborhood posts include president of the L Streets and White Rock Valley homeowners associations and Lake Highlands Area Improvement Association Vice President of Membership — had time to answer a few questions. He and his family have been a wee bit busy these days:
How are they feeling?
We are so happy to have everyone healthy and at home. It’s been challenging keeping up with three newborns and we’re all a little sleep deprived, but we couldn’t ask for a more supportive group of friends and family! We are truly blessed.
Thoughts on Presbyterian Hospital?
We delivered at Dallas Presby and had a great experience despite the Ebola situation. The doctors and nurses we interacted with were all top notch and provided exceptionally good care for our family.
What about the media outbreak?
Interesting enough, we drove by the media dedicated area every day when parking at the Perot/Jackson buildings, so we constantly saw the media vans come and go. But we never encountered the Anderson Coopers of the world – they were restricted to their dedicated space and when we parked, we were in the hospital within 30 seconds of stepping out of the car so we felt like we were in an insulated bubble from the happenings outside. We actually felt safer at Presby because of the heightened sense of security and attentiveness of the entire Dallas campus.
For further hindsight insight into the Dallas Ebola crisis, see our December story Five Days of Frenzy: Vickery Meadow, Ebola and out-of-control media.