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TMSG: March of Dimes

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3-year-old Dawson Beatty is a strong and feisty boy. He and his parents have many people to thank for the progress he's made, including the March of Dimes.

 

He's bright and energetic and loves his cars and trains, typical for a boy his age, but his entrance into this world was anything but typical. He was born more than 12 weeks premature.

 

"We go to have an ultra sound and I am fully dilated. My water wasn't broken, but he is in position to go. He tucked himself up under my ribs," said Sara Beatty. "They had to do an emergency C-section and he weighed one pound, one ounce. After I gave birth, he was on a warmer, the only thing I could see was the top of his head, hand tucked up."

Dawson was in the hospital for 127 days--that's four months and a week. For Sara and Ryan, it was a roller coaster ride, one they could not have prepared for.

The support of the March of Dimes was with them every step of the way. During his time in the hospital, Dawson underwent many painful procedures. At 3-weeks-old, he had heart surgery and he had multiple surgeries to correct his vision because his retinas were not developing correctly due to his prematurity. When he finally came home, he was just over 5 pounds.

Today, Dawson has low vision, but it doesn't slow him down..

The love for Dawson can been seen everywhere, from a drawing on the fridge, to a tattoo of his feet on his Dad Ryan's arm.

 

 

If you would like more information on the March of Dimes and it's upcoming signature Chef's Auction to raise money for research, head to the Seen on 6 portion of our website.

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