Trevor confessed that the entire ordeal was shocking and nerve wracking. Both his wife and his unborn son's lives were on the line.
"It was overwhelming. There seemed to be like two dozen people running around. Everyone had a job to do."
Baby Connor was rushed into the neonatal intensive care unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital while Sarah was treated for her condition. After she recovered and was able to focus on the situation, she was deeply concerned for her baby's health, especially since he had lost weight and was down to a mere one pound, 10 ounces.
"I was worried about Connor. I didn't stop to think about me ... I was so focused on him."
One person in the bustling medical team that fateful day had a lasting impact on the couple. Her name was Gwenn O'Neill and she was a registered nurse who worked with the Topilkos.
She provided not just medical care, but emotional support to the young mom and dad. Nurse Gwenn even created teeny tiny clothes for Connor that were designed to allow for an easy diaper change and clothing change without disturbing the myriad of cords and wires attached to him.
"It was the most wonderful gift she could've given me ... Without her, things would've been very different."
Connor spent 65 days in the hospital fighting for his life. Eventually, he was big enough and strong enough to go home.
Sarah confessed that having a baby in the NICU is challenging and stressful. Parents don't always pause to thank the nurses who are there to help, she said, even though they're exceptionally grateful for everything they do.
Even Connor told Nurse Gwenn thank you for "taking care of me."
Watch their heartfelt exchange and the wonderful surprise in the video below.