Allison Martin - Preemie Child Member
Our son Alex, was born 1 pound 2 ounces in 1986, at 26 weeks gestation age. In addition to being premature, Alex had UGR (uterine growth retardation). He is now an adult.
weeks following his birth, we were told to prepare for his funeral. Alex
had NEC in his first week of life. He was too fragile for an operation
and we were told his recovery was miraculous. Alex received IV's for most
of the time, till moving to tube feeding. He was put on the respirator
right away and stayed there for 90 days. We weren't allowed to hold him
for two months, except for the times when we all thought he was dying.
More than once, he was given more than 100% life support as we sat by
his side. When he came home at 4 months of age, he remained on oxygen
until he was a year old. Just before his first birthday, we discovered
that he had a diaphramatic hernia (his intestines had broken through his
diaphram into his chest). He recieved an emergency operation and rolled
over for the first time soon after.
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