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KC family credits March of Dimes with saving kid's life

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Nearly 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, and the March of Dimes helps each and every one through research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. Nearly 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, and the March of Dimes helps each and every one through research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.
Jennifer Robinson credits March of Dimes for saving her little boy's life and for being there for her during her most difficult days. Jennifer Robinson credits March of Dimes for saving her little boy's life and for being there for her during her most difficult days.
Little Max Robinson was born on April 16, 2010.  The day changed his mother's world.  Max was born about four months premature. He weighed in at a mere 2 pounds, 2 ounces. Little Max Robinson was born on April 16, 2010. The day changed his mother's world. Max was born about four months premature. He weighed in at a mere 2 pounds, 2 ounces.
Today, Max is more occupied playing with toys than fighting for survival. Today, Max is more occupied playing with toys than fighting for survival.
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Imagine an expecting mother's water breaks four months early. Panic, worry and the question of wether her baby will be OK sets in.

One metro family experienced that pain, heartbreak and fear that came with having a child born premature.

Nearly 4 million babies are born in the United States each year, and the March of Dimes helps each and every one through research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs.

Jennifer Robinson credits March of Dimes for saving her little boy's life and for being there for her during her most difficult days.

Little Max Robinson was born on April 16, 2010 - the day changed his mother's world.

"He was tiny. He was smaller than my husband's hand," Jennifer Robinson said.

Max was born about four months premature. He weighed in at a mere 2 pounds, 2 ounces.

"He was black and blue because he had no body fat yet and just being born was so traumatic to his body that he was bruised all over," Robinson said. "His eyes were still fused shut. He had earmuffs on to protect his ears from the sound."

Doctors gave Max a 50 percent chance to survive. He couldn't eat or breathe on his own.

"He had tubes down his chest, in his throat and in his nose," his mother explained.

Max needed a total of five surgeries to his heart and other organs.

His mother said from the first breath he took, the March of Dimes funded research, treatments and medications helped to keep Max alive.

"The drugs that they give them when they can't breathe helps their lungs to open up so they can be put on a machine that breathes for them," she said.

March of Dimes also helped his parents worry less.

"Really the first information we received was in his mailbox in his NICU room, and it was information from the March of Dimes. It was an index of different terms in the NICU. It helped us as parents to make sense of what the doctors were talking about, what was happening to him, why it was helping, and the ways we could be involved as his parents."

After 123 days in the NICU, Max's parents could finally take their baby boy home.

Today, Max is more occupied playing with toys than fighting for survival.

"Those 123 days were the worst of our lives. We've come out on the other side and have a healthy boy. But the hope is others don't have to go through that, and that the research continues and hopefully all babies will be full term," Robinson said.

Because he was premature, Max has developmental delays. He is about a year behind where a full-term baby would be. But he attends a special needs preschool where he undergoes physical, occupational, feeding and speech therapy to catch him up.

You can help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. Join KCTV5's Amy Anderson and Tom Wachs for the March of Dimes' March for Babies at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Power and Light District. Registration starts at 8a.m.

Donations fund research to find answers to the serious problems that threaten babies.

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