Monday, December 24, 2012

Born Prematurely, He Overcomes the Odds

Sara Bollinger and
her son Everett
ARROYO GRANDE, Calif. -- Sara Bollinger remembers lying in the recovery room after her son’s birth on a cool day in October 2009.
Instead of weeping with joy, the tears streaming down her face were laced with fear and sadness. The new mom didn’t get to hold her baby just after his birth, nor did his father, Zac.
Instead, Everett Bollinger — born 15 weeks early, weighing just 1 pound, 13 ounces — was swept away to the neonatal intensive care unit.
“We all kept repeating, ‘He’s going to be OK,’” Sara Bollinger wrote in a letter to her son on his first birthday. “Kittens weigh more than you did. But packed into your little body was a will to survive and to thrive that is rarely seen in one so small.”

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