Born eight weeks early and weighing just 2 pounds 4 ounces, Cameron Hackett spent 75 days in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC.
"The nurses at Magee and the doctors are why we have a family," Janice Hackett, 43, of Collier said on Sunday at the 10th annual reunion of former patients of the neonatal unit.
It was an emotional day for the Hacketts, who helped sponsor the event. Their son endured blood transfusions, a hole in his heart and two hernia surgeries.
"He lived a lifetime before he came home," his mother said.
This year, Cameron, 3, played soccer.
TODAY'S BOOK SUGGESTION:
The Belated Baby: A Guide to Parenting After In-fertility
by Kelly James-Enger and Jill S. Browning
-- In-fertility is a mind-set and that every woman who experiences in-fertility is forever changed, even when she eventually has the child she yearned for.
When many women who have gone through fertility treatments describe their experience, they say it "abused their soul."
The experience may have also hurt their relationship with their husband and sometimes permanently altered relationships with their extended families.
Studies show that even after the desperation of in-fertility subsides, emotional wounds still fester and an asterisk accompanies her bundle of joy.
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