Stories about: Preemies’

Preemie Jace Perkins rocks ’n rolls through 137 days in the NICU

Melyssa Perkins was 25 weeks into a healthy pregnancy with her first child when she began to have abdominal pain. She called her local nurse who said she was probably dehydrated, but when water didn’t help and the pain increased, Melyssa and her husband Jamie rushed to nearby Beverly Hospital, where they discovered that she was fully dilated.

“I don’t think I said one word at that point. I was in complete shock,” recalls Melyssa. Two hours after the couple arrived at the hospital, their son Jace was born at 1lb. 12 oz. Beverly Hospital stabilized Jace and arranged for immediate transport to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Boston Children’s Hospital.

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This week on Thrive: Feb. 22 – 26

Here’s a quick look at what Thrive was up to last week.

The presence of athletic doping in sports is explored. Read Maggie Hickey’s story about how her invisible epidemic was caused by a concussion. Learn all about psychiatric medication and children. Preemies’ pain threshold is lower than previously thought. Claims of vitamin-fortified, sugary foods are hard to swallow. Learn choking prevention tips for your children. Stem cell research opens the window on premature aging. There are DSM changes that can affect your family. What goes on in the brain during a 3-D movie? How having a family changes your views on the environment.

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