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Ina - Preemie Child Member

My name is Ina and I am from Cape Town, South Africa.

I have two premature children. Gareth was born in November 1991 at 33 weeks, he was quite healthy at birth and we thought that we were home free with him but he has quite chronic asthma. We keep him on a maintenance dose of Flexitide and still he needs to be hospitalized at least 3 times a year, he has just started what we call "big school" and is doing very well.

Devin was born in March 1994 at 26 weeks and was critical for 3 months. He was in and out of hospital up until about 2 years of age and so far does not seem to have asthma. He does however seem to be ADD, I do not want to label him too early but he is very active. We did find him to be very LOUD and his speech was not very distinct but since having another set of grommets installed he has improved dramatically.

I know that I am very fortunate in that both my boys are relatively unscathed from their early beginnings but I know that we have a long way to go and are prepared for development problems that may arise in the future.

If I look back now at the "early days" I cannot believe the progress that has been made by my boys.  I am also so thankful for groups like Preemie-l and Preemie Child.  When I went into labour at 24 weeks I had absolutely no concept that a child could survive being born so early and had no idea of what the road ahead would be like.

Ina may be reached at this address: inam@iafrica.com

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