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My son also came into this world struggling. He was born at 31 weeks, 2 lbs 13 oz, after my 6 week hospital stay and total 10 weeks bedrest. He remained in Nicu for 9 weeks and unfortunately contracted RSV. He spent the first 4 months of his life in the hospital. I wasn't able to return to work part time or temporarily while he was in the hospital or I would have lost my medical benefits. Because of that I was off work for 6 months without pay and had to pay full price for my medical insurance. It was a devastating time for us and we could have used some help. Ben is grown now but I am writing this in hopes that others won't have to struggle as we did.
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