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A lifesaver for babies

A Hillsboro family has been named Official Ambassadors for March of Dimes.

Kathrine and Ted Helms, along with their son Brodie, will help promote their story of hope and highlight the need for more research and technology to prevent early deliveries such as theirs. Brodie Helms

Kathrine developed pre-eclampsia early in her pregnancy. At 29 weeks it turned into HELLP Syndrome, and an ultrasound revealed Brodie’s body development was two weeks behind his head’s development. Kathrine underwent an emergency Caesarian section and Brodie was born weighing just 2 pounds, 2 ounces. Twenty-four hours later, he was down to 1 pound, 13 ounces.

After 52 days in the neo-natal intensive care unit, Brodie was able to come home. Now just over a year old, Brodie is a strong, healthy, happy baby boy.

The Helms family is serving as one of three 2014 March for Babies Ambassadors to help raise awareness about the lifesaving research and support funded by March of Dimes for maternal and infant health. Other official ambassadors are the Zeulner family from Portland and the Olsen family from Philomath.

Kathrine and Ted credit March of Dimes with helping Brodie survive by funding research and other programs for premature babies.

“I will forever be grateful to March of Dimes for not only making all these medical advances that prevent prematurity and save premature children, but also giving tremendous support to families that are affected,” said Kathrine.

With chapters nationwide, March of Dimes works to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. For the latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com.



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