Jake & Josh were born May 11, 2002 -- 17 weeks before their due date. They were in only the 23rd week of what's supposed to be a 40-week term. That put them "on the brink of viability," meaning the low end of the survival chart. And if they did make it, they were in the high-risk group for all sorts of disabilities. The chances that even one of them would have a "normal" life were too slim to calculate.
Josh had a heart operation on his third day and Jake had a very risky bowel surgery his sixth day. Slowly but surely, the boys began overcoming their obstacles. Jake came home a few days before Thanksgiving and Josh joined him about a week later, albeit attached to an oxygen tank. Both also were taking all their meals through a feeding tube.
From their birth weight of 1 pound, 2 ounces, the boys are both thriving young men with no long-term complications. We celebrate our incredible fortune -- and the equally wonderful outcome of our oldest son, Zac, who was born a month premature -- by supporting the March of Dimes in hopes of funding the research that will yield more happy stories like ours.
Through the generosity of our "Jake & Josh Fan Club," we've raised more than $60,000 since 2005.
PS -- If you'd like to see more pictures or get more details about their incredible story, visit our website, www.jakeandjosh.net
With preterm birth rates continuing to rise, the U.S. remains among the most dangerous developed nations for childbirth, especially for women and babies of color.
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