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Published October 03, 2010, 12:00 AM

Little miracles

The Forum follows up on six stories of prematurity we’ve told over the years
The tiniest babies tell the biggest stories. Stories of courage and strength, faith and love. They embody in their tiny frames the will to live.

By: Sherri Richards, INFORUM

The tiniest babies tell the biggest stories. Stories of courage and strength, faith and love. They embody in their tiny frames the will to live.

Over the years, The Forum has told many stories of babies born too soon. The Red River Valley has reached out repeatedly to such families with care and compassion.

Today, we look back at six of these stories and where the families are now.

Each baby started out life in the neonatal intensive care unit with early days and even months filled with uncertainty. Now each family reports a pretty “normal” existence and relishes in their regular routines.

Like Hope Levos, who at her smallest weighed 14 ounces and now plays on the Central Cass junior high volleyball team. Or the Christoffers of Moorhead, who as third-graders do homework and practice piano.

Greta Tangquist loves to dress up like a princess. Callie Medders is a big sister. Andrew Skalicky holds his own bottle. The Jensen quads from Ogema, Minn., are typical 2-year-olds.

All things considered, these preemies now have very few medical issues. Each family realizes not all preterm births have as happy of endings, and are thankful for their little miracles.


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