The birth of a baby is one of the most exciting life experiences and most deliveries are happy occasions. Unfortunately, far too many babies are born with serious, life-threatening issues. March of Dimes is working to change that.
At the Denver March for Babies on April 21, participants will meet the Daddio family and hear their personal story as they endured not one, but two premature births. Parents Kyle and Katie were in New York visiting family in 2013 when their son Jack made his debut. Katie was not feeling well and was taken to the hospital in the early hours on the day after Christmas. She was diagnosed with HELLP Syndrome and needed an emergency c-section. Three months premature, baby Jack weighed less than two pounds. He faced numerous setbacks while in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) but remained strong and after 121 hard fought days, he was released to go home. Today Jack is a healthy four year old.
In 2017, baby Josephine was born at 26 weeks and faced serious challenges related to preterm birth. After 91 days in the NICU, Josie came home but required oxygen support for another five weeks. Josie celebrated her first birthday in March and is doing great.
Kyle is inviting the community to join his family at March for Babies saying, “March of Dimes is an amazing organization that has given so much to my son, my daughter, and my family through medical and emotional support. March of Dimes funded research helped develop surfactant therapy, which was given to both Jack and Josephine as they battled Respiratory Distress Syndrome during their first days of life.”
March for Babies is locally sponsored by Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Big 5 Sporting Goods, Cigna, UCHealth, Lockton, and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Media partners include Colorado Community Media, 98.5 KYGO and Colorado’s Own CW2.
Visit marchforbabies.org/event/denver to join the Daddio family at the Denver March for Babies on April 21, 2018 at City Park.