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March of Dimes Event- “Thomas the Brave”  

April 1, 2010
Dysart Reporter

Thomas was born 16 weeks early at 24 weeks gestation. He weighed 1 lb 3oz, that's little more than a stick of butter. At only 10 inches long he was one of the smallest surviving micro-preemies that year. He was not expected to live long. Shortly after his birth he suffered multiple bouts of pneumonia, multiple collapses in his right lung, an internal chest cavity infection, amongst other things. His weight dropped to about 1/2 a pound. He was intubated on a 'jet' vent for 3 months, he had a chest tube inserted and received cutting edge, life-saving treatments such as serfactant, nitric oxide, and dexamethazone. He suffered a heart PDA which was successfully treated with drugs, he developed massive bi-lateral inguinal hernias which required surgery, as well as reflux in both kidneys. For five rocky months, Thomas refused to give up the fight. At one point the longest serving resident in the NICU at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. For 5 months, the incredible medical teams watched this little miracle unfold before them. They nick-named him 'Sir Thomas-the-Brave'. The day before Christmas Eve, he was able to go home. After 2 months at home, Thomas developed a cough and reluctantly returned to the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. This time to charm the brilliant medico's in the PICU. Thomas had developed human Metapneumovirus (hMPV) and suffered a collapsed right lung and pneumonia. Once again Thomas beat the odds and fought off a life-threatening illness. Determined to do justice to the efforts of hundreds of medical personal, cutting edge medical science, and the thousands of friends and family all over the world who were fighting along side him. You can read the full account of Thomas' monumental fight against the odds on his Care Pages. Thomas is a true miracle in any language or denomination, and without the University of Iowa Children's Hospital, the world class medicos that dedicate their lives to these tiny little people, and the generosity of the March of Dimes, he wouldn't be here today. Please consider donating to the March of Dimes in honor of our dear friends: The Fowlers We will be a part of the: Cedar Valley March for Babies,April 24th,2010 at George Wyth State Park in Waterloo. To donate please go to: Or Make a check out to: March of Dimes Send it to: Erin Petersen 616 State St. Dysart IA 52224

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