East Texas Nurse Caring For Premature Babies

They take care of us at the most desperate times, when we're sick, or bringing a new life into the world. All this week, East Texas hospitals have honored nurses because of National Nurses Week.

We visited with one East Texas nurse whose job is to take care of the youngest patients. The heart monitor's beeping sound means seven day old Maite's heart is beating strong.

"They struggle to survive it's absolutely amazing. I have worked with the tiniest babies. Babies that are less than a pound when they are born and the ultimate drive to live is just amazing," says Linda Doyle, neonatal nurse at Trinity Mother Frances Health System.

She has been in the neonatal unit for more than 20 years.

"There are good times and bad times and you just have to take them both. If they are willing to struggle so hard to survive, I am willing to struggle and give them my all. Even on the days when I am tired or it's hectic," says Linda.

She works a 12 hour shift and says she is on her feet most of the time.

"Often people think you work in a nursery and sit and rock babies but you don't there are lots of things that need to be done for babies," says Linda.

She spends a majority of her time closely watching the Maite's vital signs.

"We watch for them to breathe correctly. Often babies that are early have an immature neurological issue and they don't breathe like we breathe or remember to breathe," says Linda.

She says at 4 pounds 9 ounces, baby Maite is doing well.

"She will probably stay another week or two weeks," says Linda.

She says she'll stay by Maite side until she's strong enough to go home.

Linda says faith has helped her throughout her career. She says one of the high points of her career is knowing she has the ability to save lives.

Karolyn Davis, reporting. kdavis@kltv.com