As you know the Children's Miracle Network Celebration Radiothon starts tomorrow.  In 2008 I was helping one of our local TV stations with the CMN Telethon.  As I stepped into the NICU I saw a girl that I went to high school with and she was in full NICU gowns and standing by the tiniest baby I have ever seen in person and that baby girl was Mylee.

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In 2009, I had the privilege of sitting down in the studio and talking one on one with my former classmate Samantha Malone.  I listened and cried with her as she told me the story of her precious miracle, Mylee.

Here is the story I put together that year

Last week, I asked Samantha to send me something about how well Mylee is doing today, 6 years later, and here is what she sent me.

Mylee Malone from 1 pound to Beautiful 5-year old.

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From Samantha Malone:

After the loss of her twin causing the onset of premature labor, Mylee was born 15 weeks premature weighing 1 lb and 9 oz. The Dr.s gave her a 22% chance of survival. Scared to death we watched her cling to life everyday under tubes and wires and through the plastic walls of a giraffe bed. At one time she had 13 IV pumps running into her tiny, frail body. Shortly after her birth she developed a staph infection in her blood. Fighting this on top of being born to soon her struggles seemed to be compounding by the day. Added to this high blood pressure, the risk of brain bleeds, too much oxygen though the ventilator or not enough, and a plethora of other things we thought "how could this be happening to us after we have had two normal term births and healthy children? Surely it must be a nightmare!"

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Infections were followed quickly with the need for surgeries. First her heart, then her eyes, then placement for a G-tube because she was not strong enough to suck a bottle. We had no idea what obstacles Mylee would be presented with as every hour of the day passed.

Because Children's Miracle Network helps to provide things like the IV pumps and giraffe beds as well as many other medical supplies in the NICU, Mylee survived 3 staph infections, MRSA pneumonia, 9 surgeries, 4 respiratory codes and 5 months in NICU!

She has had many struggles and obstacles to overcome but is now a happy and healthy 5 year old! This fall Mylee will be attending kindergarten with her peers! She loves music and animals and tries her best to keep up with her 9 year old sister JaeCee and 14 year old brother Zech. It seems nothing can slow this "little bitty" down!

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A huge thank you to Children's Miracle Network and all of the donors who help make miracles happen! Miracles like Mylee.


Join us Thursday, May 30th and Friday, May 31st for Children's Miracle Network Celebration.  Your donations help kids just like Mylee.