The Torres-Castrodad family’s story shows just how serious the complications of a preterm birth are and how difficult it is to treat babies who are born late preterm; that is, between 34-36 weeks of pregnancy. The story of Ismael and his parents, Ismari and Ismael Sr., will resonate with many because more than 70 percent of preterm babies are born in this late preterm time frame. And, like many mothers, Isamari did everything she could to have a healthy pregnancy; she went to her doctor’s appointments, took folic acid, ate right and her baby still was born too soon.
Ismael was born 5 weeks early
Six days after Ismael was discharged, he developed jaundice, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus, a lung infection also called RSV, and pneumonia and had to be re-hospitalized.
Thanks to the March of Dimes, today Ismael is a happy, healthy 13-year-old who gets straight As, loves playing soccer and singing.
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