March of Dimes brings awareness to premature babies

Each year, 15 million babies are born prematurely world wide. More than one million of them will die.

14-week-old Melinda Star Guido holds her mother's little finger while lying in an incubator at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011. At birth, Melinda Star Guido tipped the scales at only 9 1/2 ounces, a tad less than the weight of two iPhone 4S. Melinda is believed to be the second smallest baby to survive in the United States and the third smallest in the world. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT) - Each year, 15 million babies are born prematurely world wide. More than one million of them will die.

In the U.S. one in eight babies is born too soon. Doctors at the facility told us it is important to seek prenatal care throughout the entire pregnancy.

Morgan Williams, an RN at UT Medical Center said,"It is so important because there is such a huge difference in age you can't cure prematurity but you can do things to help get them to a term age."

Something Brandon Chamber a father of a premature baby agrees with and sends this message.

"Ask the doctors and nurses questions let them make you feel more comfortable from that you will start to gain a little sanity," said Chambers.


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