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2015 National Ambassador: Elijah Jackson

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Published on Jan 12, 2015

In 2002, Elise and Todd Jackson were eagerly awaiting the birth of their first child. Elise’s pregnancy appeared to be progressing normally, until, at 20 weeks, she awakened one morning to find that her water had broken. Elise went to a hospital, but since active labor contractions had not yet begun, doctors administered IV fluids and advised bed rest.

A month later, Elijah Jackson was born at 25 weeks and one day of pregnancy – about 15 weeks too soon. He weighed one pound and one ounce. He was 11 inches long, the length of a sheet of business paper. Initially, he was given only a 10 percent chance to survive and spent seven months in a hospital neonatal intensive care unit. He underwent several delicate surgeries in the early weeks of life, and has been through years of physical, speech and occupational therapy for the long-lasting health consequences of his early birth. For his first two years he had a tracheotomy (open airway in the windpipe in his neck) to help him breath, and was unable to speak. Today, Elijah’s speech is greatly improved but he still has developmental delays and is enrolled in special education classes.

  • Category

  • Song

    • A Step Forward
  • Artist

    • Elisabeth Skornik|APM Music - Cézame Music - Cezame|Guy Jacques Skornik
  • Album

    • THE EMOTION OF MOVEMENT
  • Licensed to YouTube by

    • rumblefish, APM Music (on behalf of Cezame); Rumblefish (Publishing), APM (Publishing), and 2 Music Rights Societies

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