Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Prematurity Awareness 2010

September 21, 2005 changed my life. Not only did I become a mom to a beautiful little boy, but I joined a club of moms of premature infants.Salt Lake Tribune PicturesTyler was born at 25 weeks and 3 days. He was small for his gestation and was 1 lb 11 oz. He was 94 days early. He is a fighter. Because he didn't get his full 40 weeks he had to fight.

5 years later he is still fighting.

Prematurity changed his life. Because of his early birth he suffered grade 3 and 4 brain bleeds. Those bleeds inflicted such a wound that he has hydrocephalus from it. He has ROP which has left him almost legally blind and he has Cerebral Palsy. The bleeds caused damage and the Cerebral Palsy is a result.

Prematurity has left him strong, stubborn, cute and a MIRACLE.

As a 5 year old, we may not be "caught" up but strides have been made. Tyler started talking in July and has full on sentences. He walks. He LOVES school. He LOVES kids and he is amazing.
He gets anything he asks for and he really wants to have a sister.... soon.

Prematurity is something that effects 1 in 8 babies.

It is the NUMBER ONE KILLER of babies.<span class=

The cost of having a premature infant is TEN TIMES more than that of a typical newborn.

ROP is one of the leading causes of blindness in infants. It is ONLY found in Premature infants. Those infants are under 30 weeks gestation.

Know the signs of preterm labor and CALL or go to the Emergency room

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Heather said...

Thank you for sharing, I love how all the preemie moms are uniting today!

MoDLin said...

Thanks for sharing Tyler's progress and for showing a different side of premature birth - the long range outlook for many early babies. The March of Dimes greatly appreciates all you're doing to help spread the word.

Chris said...

Loved the honesty in your blog. Thank you so much for sharing.

Anonymous said...

He is beautiful!


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