Jake Crawford was born Jan. 9, 2001, weighing 1 pound, 15 ounces. His younger sister, Gracie, was born Jan. 25, 2002, weighing 1 pound and 9 ounces.
Jake, though tiny, showed steady signs of improvement. However, Gracie's journey one year later was much more complicated. In addition to her small size, a bleed in her brain was discovered the day after she was born. Despite that diagnosis, Gracie triumphed.
After six months in the hospital, Gracie came home in May 2002. Because of the insight of the doctors in Gracie's first days of treatment, she has had great success and, along with her brother, is a happy, healthy child.
"We may not have looked like much when we were born, but look at how far we've come thanks to the NICU."-Jake and Gracie Crawford
If the NICU has touched your life, or the life of someone you know, please consider enrolling in the Next Generation Campaign's Little Footprints Club and help babies in need for years to come.
Wellmont Health System is the regional affiliate for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. Learn more about children's services in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, or support local kids through the Wellmont Foundation.
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