March of Dimes research helps babies develop after birth

- Born on the eve of World War II, the March of Dimes has a proud history of serving premature babies.

Many Bay Area families still benefit from the research discoveries of this great organization.

James and Sam Gombos cherish every moment that they have with their twins, Jack and Sophia.

The five-year-old's had a tough entry into this world.

"It was one of the scariest things in my life," Sam said.

One morning,  when she was six months pregnant, Sam woke up with mild cramps. She went to the hospital and was told that she was in labor.

"They admitted me into the hospital and then they said that I would be going home in a few days," Sam said.

But her condition quickly changed. 

"In the middle of the night, that night 1:45 in the morning I woke up and knew something was wrong," Sam explained.

Doctors had to perform an emergency C-section to deliver the twins.

"Sophia came out kicking and screaming," said Sam. "Jack, there was no sound at all. I knew something was wrong. I saw everyone kind of around him."

Both babies weighed a little over two pounds.

"I honestly never [saw] a baby so tiny in my life. They fit in our hand, literally," Sam said.

Jack had a tough time breathing. Thanks to the March of Dimes, he was given surfactant to help develop his lungs.

"Without the March of Dimes, I honestly don't know if Jack would be here," Sam said.

Both premies had extended stays in the NICU. Sophia spent 38 days and Jack 80.

"We definitely were burning the candle at both ends," said James. "Don't know how we did it. It was a blur but we all survived it."

Now the family embraces life to its fullest and is thankful for the March of Dimes.

"They're definitely miracle babies," James said. 

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