MEET THOMAS COOPER LEWIS III: We call him Cooper. After his mother, Annette, had an emergency rescue cerclage at 22 weeks pregnant she was forced to be on bedrest to try and stay pregnant as long as possible. After two weeks later Annette's water broke and Cooper arrived 16 weeks early at 24 weeks 2 days, just two days over what medical professionals call "viable." Born December 18, 2012 at 1 pound 10 ounces and 12.5 inches long, medical staff warned both Annette and Tom (parents) that he may not make it and it was unclear of his diagnosis.
This life changing event threw Tom and Annette in a whirlspin now having their son four months early and in a neonatal intensive care unit three hours away from home. Annette was forced to quit her five-year career so she can devote all of her time and energy to Cooper and his progress. Tom travels back and forth every single week to see his son and wife, taking the three hour drive.
NICU nurses warn that it is "one step forward and one step back" for babies especially his age. Cooper has progressed but every day is different - from blood transfusions, brain bleeds, IVs, breathing tubes, Patent Duct Arteriosus and more, Cooper's permanent outcome is unknown. But with his strength and courage to fight daily, Cooper has stolen the hearts of many.
His parents are trying to what's best for him. They are financially struggling depending on one paycheck for everyday expenses plus the expenses for Annette and Cooper to be three hours away from home.
If you can donate $1, $5, anything would help this family and help them focus on their baby and family rather than stress about funds to travel back and forth and expenses.