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March of Dimes: Bryce's Story

For more than 75 years.. the March of Dimes has been helping millions of moms have healthy full-term babies. It's an effort that will never stop. And one Luzerne County family is extra grateful for their decades of research.. because it helped save their son's life.
Bryce Cunningham from Exeter is a happy and healthy one year old.
   He's a playful little guy and his mother Kristen and father Jason adore him.
  She calls him her miracle baby. That's because Bryce was born almost 4 months early.. at just 24 weeks.. via emergency c-section on February 28, 2013.
"I didn't know if I should go see him because I didn't want to become attached to him, which sounds awful, but I didn't know where to put myself. I didn't know if he was going to die while we were waiting to hear anything, but at the same time I was thinking I want to be with him for every second because if something happens I don't want him to be alone."
    Bryce weighed only 1 pound 9 ounces and was 12.5 inches long.
"He had wires on his belly and I-V in his arm and the tubes down his throat and his nose and everywhere and we had no idea what they were and the first thing they told us was we were going to take it hour by hour." said Mom Kristen
    Those hours turned into days, then weeks and months. In total, Bryce spent 92 days in the NICU.
    Aside from being so tiny and underdeveloped, his number one complication was his lungs.
    He was put on a ventilator to help him breathe.
"And they had to give him surfactant, which is what the March of Dimes funded the research for. When they're trying to breathe their lungs sometimes stick together and the surfactant helps moisten them to help them breathe. And that was given to him after he was born and that definitely saved his life."
    Three months later.. Bryce was brought home.
    Aside from needing a little oxygen.. he has bounced back to being a beautiful baby boy.
    But he couldn't have done it without the generous donations through the March of Dimes.

You can help support mothers and babies everywhere this weekend.
  Please join Candice Kelly for the "March for Babies" on Sunday May 18.. at King's College Betzler Field on Highland Park Boulevard in Wilkes-Barre Township.
  It's across the street from Wegmans and behind Sam's Club.
  The walk begins at 10:30.
  Registration starts at 9:30.

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