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Preemie Story - 28 Weeker Born in 1979

Share Your Story: Tell Your Preemie's Story

By onlyme

Updated May 10, 2010

My Baby

I was born in Sydney in 1979, at 28 weeks, weighing exactly 1kg. At the time my parents and brother were not given much hope, and I was baptised as an emergency at 24 hours old.

Birth, NICU Stay, Homecoming

Over the next 3 months, I was in a humidicrib and had several severe issues including both lungs collapsing. I received multiple blood transfusions, and have been left with scars from these and the lung drains, as well as the back of both hands from needle insertion.

Until about 2 years of age, I had persistent health issues, and was always small for my age.

I learnt to read before I could walk, and started to walk at just over two.

I am now 31, and as far as I know I have no lasting issues as a result of my premature birth. I still prefer to read than to run, and am halfway through a university degree, having spent some time travelling up until now.

I just wanted people to hear it from the other end

Advice

  • Keep your hope - your baby needs that.
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