Tommy's Preemie Web
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Birth Statistics
  • 1 pound 10 ounces
    (.5 percentile)
  • Length: 13 inches
  • Birth date: 7/26/94
  • Due Date: 11/6/94
  • Hospital Discharge: 11/29/94
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Preemie at Boy Scout Summer Camp

"Preemie" Thomas Today!!

Former preemie graduation pictureThomas turned 20 years old on July 26, 2014.  He was born 3-1/2 months premature in 1994, and cared for by the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. 

To look at him today, you would never know he was a preemie. 

Thomas is now a college student.  He graduated high school in June 2013.  He was a member of the National Honor Society and a leader in the marching band.  During his junior year he led a project for the SPCA as his Eagle Scout project—and in June 2012 he completed his Eagle board of review and joined the 2% of scouts who reach the rank of Eagle Scout.

Like many young adults, he is not sure what he wants pursue as a future career.  He is a well rounded young man who could go a lot of exciting directions and we are very proud of him.

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Early NICU Picture - Thomas on the respirator (click for more)

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Thomas' NICU Story In 12 Installments

Tommy's father chronicles Tommy's stay in the NICU and the experience of being an NICU parent.  NICU parents who read these pages may take comfort knowing others have gone through the preemie experience and have moved on.

1) An Abruption at Twenty-five Weeks (1994)

2) Thomas in the NICU

3) Life in the NICU

4) Tommy Gets Off the Respirator

5) Thomas Extubates Himself

6) Four Months is a Long Time

7) Thomas Learns to Breast Feed

8) The Waiting Game Continues

9) Thomas Comes Home!

10) Life at Home With O2 and Monitors  

11) Epilogue (from 1997) 

12) Kindergarten (2000)

 

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