18-month-old Leni Sinapata was born unexpectedly and prematurely at home in May 2017. Born after just 23 weeks, he was only 1 pound, 4 ounces, which gave him a very small chance of survival.
Leni was rushed by by firefighters to the Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, where the staff in the neonatal intensive care unit worked to keep him alive. Four months later he was discharged from the NICU and has continued to thrive. He now weighs 19 pounds, it talking a little bit and pulls himself up on furniture, so his mother, Chastity Sinapata, believes he will be walking very soon.
On Wednesday Leni and his mother returned to the Sutter NICU to provide inspiration for the families of preemies currently receiving care there.
Also, as a gesture of thanks to the NICU staff, and to help provide comfort to other families facing the same obstacles, Elk Grove High School agriculture students hand-tied 30 blankets and are donating them to the Sutter Medical Center NICU and the Children’s Center. They delivered the blankets Wednesday morning along with Leni, his mom, and his grandmother.