A baby born before 37 weeks is considered premature. In addition to being small in size and weight, prematurely born babies do not have fully developed organ systems. Often, they have to undergo a variety of tests and they can require strict monitoring of their lab values, temperature, oxygen levels, nutritional status, neuro development, weight gain, growth, eye development, etc. Some of these prematurely born children need to be hospitalized for intensive care to help them stabilize and fight infections, whereas others can grow bigger with special feeding and monitoring.
Today on World Prematurity Day, we highlight some of the babies in our care who were born prematurely. See how they have changed!
Do you still remember little Li? She only weighed 1.6 kg when she first arrived. Now, after 6 months, she is bigger and still as cute as before!
What about one month old Xi? After over 20 days in the NICU she is now stable enough to come back home and continue to grow with us.
Almost one year old Lei was just 2.1 kg when she first arrived. After recovering from intestinal surgery, she now can stand up and loves to show off her adorable smile!
Little Cheng has also grown a lot since first arriving at Dew Drops. Ten months ago he only weighed 2.1 kg. Since then he has had multiple surgeries to reconstruct his anus and close his colostomy. He no longer needs a colostomy bag and he enjoys his new freedom. He still needs special formula but his perseverance reminds us of why this work is so important!
Little Shu will turn one year old next month! She now crawls and no longer needs extra oxygen. We are so proud of all the progress she has made!
Sweet Mei has been through so much in her short life. She has had heart surgery and hernia repair. Despite her weak lungs, Mei continues to grow bigger and cuter!
Little Xia was born prematurely with low birth weight. Now she is a big girl who responds well to her treatment for her arthrogryposis.
Although these precious babies were born prematurely, they did not give up. They have fought hard and have made great progress. All this is possible because of love. We have an opportunity to choose to love and give these children a chance at life. Today, on World Prematurity Day, we remember all the children that we have helped who were born prematurely and we are thankful for your support! Because of your love, we are able to make a difference!