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Premature Birth

23 Jan
Premature Birth

I have to admit I struggled somewhat on whether or not to make this post, but in the end I decided this is a family blog and this is part of my family story.  Every year since 2011 I have done the March of Dimes: March for Babies walk, my reason for doing so.  My son.

JD BirthHe was born at 29 weeks 6 days and was 2 pounds 13 oz.  He was 14 inches long.  We spent the longest 62 days of my life in the NICU. Cause of his premature birth was a bacterial infection.  At times he struggled to breath.  He had a small hole in his heart, he came close to a blood transfusion for anemia but fought back.  We were among the more lucky premature births.  He had no surgeries and only had to come home on a heart monitor that he wore for a month. Today he is a happy healthy almost 3 year old boy. It was an experience I don’t wish on any family but one we pulled threw just fine. March of Dimes is diligently trying to find a way to stop the birth of premature babies.So I gladly support there cause.

A little about March of Dimes.

March of Dimes, founded in 1938 by President Franklin D Roosevelt, celebrated its 75th year anniversary in 2013. March of Dimes was originally created to help find a cure for polio, and after funding the research that developed a vaccine to combat it, the organization changed its focus to prematurity. In 1970 the March for Babies Event was established.

The March of Dimes spends 76¢ of every dollar raised in March for Babies to support research and programs that help babies begin healthy lives.

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If you would like to donated to this worthy cause and to my walk for babies please go to and thank you:

 

 

 

www.marchforbabies.org/vijdmom

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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Murphy Family

 

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5 responses to “Premature Birth

  1. marthabernie

    January 23, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    A subject close to my heart….my youngest grand child, Charlie, was born at 23-l/2 weeks and was not expected to live. Today he is vision impaired, but he is otherwise a happy and healthy 6 year old and just started kindergarten this year…and yes, he is in a regular class with fully sighted kids and is doing just fine.

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    • Jessica

      January 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      I am so glad your grandson is doing well. I have learned that premature children and incredible fighters and can do wonderful things!!

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  2. Sandra Pineault

    January 24, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Jessica: what a beautiful story, thank you for sharing it with me! I write a Facebook page for my Church and I would like to include this picture and a short text without names…would that be alright? Sandra Pineault

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    • Jessica

      January 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm

      Sandra,

      Yes that would be wonderful. Thank you!

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  3. Jessica

    February 7, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Reblogged this on Jessica's Family Genealogy and commented:

    March of Dimes is an organization that is close to my heart. This year and every year I walk to raise money. Please help me raise money by clicking the link and giving a small donation. Every dollar helps. Thank you! Jessica

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