OGDEN, Utah — A baby boy and his parents are back in California after an unexpected birth and hospital stay in Utah.
The boy, named Greyson, also has a lot of new gifts from the Weber Fire District.
The boy’s parents were visiting friends and had planned to take some maternity pictures in Eden, but the mother, Vanessa, went into labor at just 30 weeks.
Crews from Stations 65 and 62 responded and assisted in the delivery and transport of mom and baby to Ogden’s McKay Dee Hospital.
Greyson was placed in the NICU and his parents were told he’d be there for a while.
Knowing that the family would need some essential items, the fire department started a fundraiser.
With the money raised, the family was provided with a car seat, diaper bag, multiple outfits, diapers, baby wash, blanket, and other miscellaneous items.
They also donated some Weber Fire District swag, including a framed “honorary firefighter” outfit for Greyson and a gift backpack for his older sister Cipriana.
According to a post on the district’s Facebook page, they learned Friday their “little buddy” was transported back to California and is in a hospital near his home.
Vanessa and his family sent this message:
Greyson was medically transported back to California yesterday afternoon and I got to go with him on his first flight ✈️. My husband Mark drove the 10 hours straight to California. We are now back in our house and with our Daughter, Cipriana. Greyson has now adjusted to Kaiser hospital here in California and doing well. Now just adjusting to life back in California. We met such amazing people along our journey and want to thank all those at the firehouse for being part of our unbelievable journey. I can’t express enough how appreciative we are to have had such welcoming people come into our lives. Being back in California less than 24 hours we are reminded of how busy southern California is compared to Utah. McKay-Dee Hospital was truly an amazing place for my Greyson in the NICU and will miss all of his nurses, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners, doctors who cared for him and who we interacted with daily. He chose a great place to call his place of birth, our little “Utah Boy.”
The post included a message from the fire district that they will “never forget your crazy adventure in Utah and with us," and ended with a message to Greyson. “You will always be our tough little honorary firefighter and we hope to see you again someday.”