The Continuing Adventures of SuperPreemie

Another one for Prematurity Awareness Month…

Posted on: November 15, 2009

Watch this space for a big post on Tuesday for Unite: Fight for Preemies.

But today, today I want to tell you a story of a conversation that we had on Thursday while were were at Children’s for Shoshanna’s GI scope.

If you’re up on your March of Dimes trivia, you know that MoD funding helped with the development of the artificial surfactant that micropreemies need to even be able to be mechanically ventilated.  You probably don’t know the other piece of the surfactant story, though, which is that it was developed in Buffalo and tested at WCHoB.

As we were chatting with Kathleen, the recovery nurse on the procedures floor, Shoshanna’s gestational age at birth came up.  Kathleen commented that she spent the early part of her career in the NICU, and that she had been involved in the early surfactant studies, when it was still very experimental.

We thanked her.

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