Monroe County- Two-year-old Khloe McDermott is a seemingly healthy little girl.but coming into this world she gave her mother Kayleigh quite a scare.
"Khloe was born 2 months early. She was born at Pocono Medical Center. She spent a month at the NIC- unit."
At just 4 pounds 8 ounces -- premature baby Khloe was fighting for her life, spending her first days on this earth in the hospital.her ailments included respiratory distress and difficulty feeding.
"It was traumatic, I'd have to say." noted Kayleigh It was a lot to take in and you know, of course you put yourself aside and you try not to worry about the child. They spent a lot of time by themselves in the NIC-U those first couple of hours."
Today -- nearly 3 years later -- her mother Kayleigh is busy keeping an eye on her active toddler.
r"She is spunky. She likes it her way and like any other 2-3 year old she will tell you, but she is a blessing and we wouldn't have it any other way with her."
After being forced into learning about premature babies-- Kayleigh has been sharing her experience through the march of dimes for the last few years.and this year the McDermott family is the March of Dimes Pocono Mountain Ambassador family.
"It's something every family benefits from, whether it be through the vaccines that you use, the research that is done on babies, and everything in that aspect." added Kayleigh
The March for Babies, hosted by the March of Dimes, is this weekend. It's their biggest fundraiser of the year.and it takes place Saturday, April 26 at 9:30 am.. At the brand new Northampton Community College - Monroe Campus in Tannersville.
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