Meaningful Gift

Liana & Carlos de Mena’s generous donation to Baptist Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit conveys their deep gratitude for the truly exceptional care their premature birth son Carlos Ray received.
Words by Sandy Lindsey | June 29, 2020 | People

Nine years after Carlos Ray de Mena was born at 25 weeks, weighing in at 2 lbs. 1 oz., he is stronger than ever. But the memory of his parents sitting by his bedside every day in the Baptist Health Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) for 3 months remains. As does the remembrance of the excellent support they received from their doctors, nurses and support staff, which gave them the confidence to try for a second and third child. The family is eternally grateful for the way Baptist Health cares for families like theirs, and to express their gratitude they made a generous gift to the NICU at Baptist Hospital in honor of their son. By supporting the NICU, they are helping to increase the quality of care provided by the unit so that other families can experience watching their children grow up the same way they watched Carlos Ray. “Giving to Baptist Health honors our son — his first breath, his first step, his first word, the childhood that he has been able to have; Baptist Health made that possible for our family,” they say. “Our pledge honors the people who helped us when we needed it most. Giving to Baptist Health and becoming Founders within their Giving Society honors our family — the promise of our future and the memory of our past.” To learn how you can make a difference in the lives of patients and families at Baptist Health, visit