Charlie Reedy was born on March 30, 2020 at 33 weeks, weighing only 4 lbs. 15 oz. He had breathing issues at first and spent his first five days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Levine Children’s Hospital, followed by an extended stay in the Neonatal Progressive Care Nursery (NPCN) to monitor his breathing, red blood counts, and general development. Charlie’s big sister, Emmy, and grandparents “met” him for the first time using webcams – thanks to support from the Cottie and Cake Fund, which benefits the NICU at Levine Children’s Hospital. The webcams have been a blessing to the Reedy family, especially during increased visitation restrictions at the hospital due to COVID-19.

Parents Meredith and Casey Reedy, along with Dr. David Fisher, Director of the Pediatric Specialties Care Division, sat down with Charlotte Today to share updates on Charlie’s progress and how the webcams have impacted their lives. Watch the full interview HERE.


About The Cottie and Cake Fund:

After a complicated, high-risk pregnancy, Meghan and Steve Hampton lost one of their twin girls, Katelynn, in 2010 during childbirth. Sister Scotlynn (“Scottie”) was born at a mere two pounds and immediately thrust into the fight of her life. While Scottie’s road to recovery was paved with challenges and setbacks, the Hampton family found strength in each other and the love and support from the staff at Levine Children’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery (NICN).

To honor their children and show their support and appreciation for the care they received, the Hampton family created the “Cottie and Cake” Fund (nicknames that their older daughter Ella gave the twins) to support neonatal care at Levine Children’s Hospital.

To learn how you can support NICU families at Levine Children’s Hospital, visit: