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Tyrique

More than 1,000 premature babies are born every day in the United States. My godson, Tyrique was one of them.

At 7:05 a.m. Dec. 5, 1998, Ty was delivered by cesarean at 26 weeks. He weighed only 2 pounds, 1 ounce and was 19 inches long.

Tyrique

He was a 'miracle baby,' as some have called him. Not only did he survive his premature birth, but also according to doctors, his mother wasn’t even supposed to be able to be a mother.

For a child born at such an early stage of development, he had few problems. Mostly the doctors were concerned with his lung development and weight gain.

Ty was a patient in the neonatal intensive care unit in a Houston hospital until mid February 1999 and weighed 5 pounds, 6 ounces when he finally went home.

Zyanna

He is now in pre-kindergarten and is the proud big brother of his sister, Zyanna. She is yet another 'miracle baby,' born 18 months after Ty.

Find out more information

Want to know more about premature babies? Visit the March of Dimes Web site.

© 2003 Nyree Doucette
Portrait photo by Claudia Katz