Skip to comments.A Scary Start, a Happy End for Staten Island Preemie
Posted on 04/21/2013 6:29:25 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Premature births are nothing to be taken lightly. Babies who arrive before 38 to 40 weeks of gestation are often at risk for lung ailments and developmental delays, and preterm birth is the most frequent cause of infant death in the U.S. It costs the health care system more than $26 billion annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That's why when Jessica Daly of Great Kills went into labor with her third child at just 29 weeks, every effort was made at Richmond University Medical Center in West Brighton to stop the contractions. Despite a battery of tests, however, no one could determine what had happened to trigger the start of labor, and Mrs. Daly's previous two pregnancies had proceeded normally.
Though she was stabilized and sent home, Mrs. Daly did not feel good about the resolution. "I was miserable, so nervous. Every night, his heart rate would drop," she said.
On Dec. 19, 2005, Logan was delivered at just 29 weeks, weighing 4 pounds, 8 ounces. Because his lungs were not fully developed, the baby spent 10 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Richmond UMC.
"The longest 10 days of my life," said Mrs. Daly.
He came home in time for New Year's, on Dec. 29, but spent his first year undergoing "lots of testing, all kinds of specialists."
Today, Logan is 7 years old and a student at PS 8 in Great Kills, along with his sister, Madison, who will be 9 years old in May. The two also have a 21-year-old brother named Mason.
Mrs. Daly, a para-professional at PS 22 in Graniteville, said her younger two children are just 19 months apart in age and that Madison "gets along great with Logan."
Logan's favorite subject in school is art, but he also loves sports. He plays for St. Clare's in a CYO basketball loop and he is in the 9/11 Flag Football League. Logan's father, Michael, is a retired firefighter who put in time on the pile at Ground Zero.
How to donate
Here are some ways to contribute money that will help fund research to ensure that babies are born on time and healthy Getting started
You can join an existing March for Babies team, start your own team or find another fundraising event by visiting the March of Dimes website at www.marchforbabies.org. To help keep your dollars close to home, funding programs on Staten Island and in this area, look for teams that have a Staten Island ZIP code. If you know someone who is part of a team you can type in that person's name.
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Talk it up Visit the March of Dimes on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and spread the word about the importance of donating to this worthy effort.
Local contact You can also make a donation, without doing the walk. The Staten Island division of the March of Dimes is at 110 McClean Ave., South Beach. The telephone number is 718-981-3000. Call with questions.
Mrs. Daly said she signed up for the Walk for Babies when Logan was 6 months old. Then, five years ago, "someone reached out to me to join a meeting (of the Family Teams Committee Mission Moms) and I did." The Dalys are the Ambassador Family this year for the Staten Island division of the March of Dimes.
"The March for Babies" does amazing things," she said, noting that the group's mission reaches far beyond funding research to help prevent premature births. "It's for all babies developmental issues, learning disabilities. They (March of Dimes) are the reason polio 's been cured," she said.
The March of Dimes' Walk for Babies fundraiser is Sunday, April 28, starting at 9 a.m. from the Staten Island Mall, 2655 Richmond Ave., New Springville. Registration is at 8 a.m. If you've experienced a premature birth or are dealing with a health-related birth issue, here's how to reach out to the March of Dimes' Family Teams Committee Mission Moms: 718-981-3000.
The Daly family is doing its part to reduce the 2011 prematurity birth rate in the U.S. from 11.7 percent to 9.6 percent by 2020, in keeping with the goal set by the March of Dimes. For information on how to donate, see related information box.
At 29 weeks.
Legal to abort in many states.
Yet a viable baby.
Pro-abortions politicians have no comment.
Dr. Kermit Gosnell was heard to remark, “You shudda come to first. I cudda helped you.”
God Bless this little guy.