Carrie McClure: Special Delivery - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Carrie McClure: Special Delivery

We share many stories about premature birth here on Action News 5.  Most of us know someone who "is a preemie" or "has a preemie," and parents of preemies understand each other better than anyone else.

Now, a former member of the Action News 5 team is one of those parents.

Former Action News 5 morning anchor Carrie McClure lives in Colorado, and is the proud mother of three sons.  But, her most recent pregnancy did not go as planned.

Carrie's water broke at 28 weeks, causing her delivery to happen much earlier than anticipated.

You can watch a special report on Carrie's delivery in the player to the right of this story, and read more about it here.

You can also click here to visit Carrie's blog.


Now we want to hear your stories.  Was your baby born premature?  How did it happen, and how are you doing now.

Click here to send us your story.  We'll post some of the stories we receive on this page.


Reader Submissions:

Our son was born a month premature. initially, we were concerned about his physical and mental growth as a result of being born early; however he is now 12 years old, very intelligent (is entering 7th grade and has never made anything less than straight As on every report card since kindergarten) and has been through premature psychology studies from age one through age five which reported he was above average in his physical and cognitive growth.  At 12 years old, he now is 5'7, 145 pounds and wears a size 13 shoe.  He plays football, basketball and runs track.  Jesus is number one in his live and as a result, is a very respectful, loving and considerate child.  His case broke the mold in the past thinking that prematurely born children would be mentally and/or physically behind other kids of the same age.

-Jann Mays

 

MY DAUGHTER WAS BORN AT 28 WEEKS ALSO WEIGHING IN AT 3 LBS 7 OZ.  SHE WAS OUR FIRST CHILD  AND IT WAS A VERY SCARY EXPERIENCE TO GO THROUGH.  SHE HAD NO MAJOR PROBLEMS JUST TINY.  WE ARE VERY LUCKY  TO HAVE HER, SHE WILL BE 12 YRS OLD IN NOVEMBER AND IS SPUNKIER THAT EVER!

-Stephanie Burns

 

15 years ago my daughter was born 3 months early weighing 1 pound 9 ounces and 12 inches long. She had a major stroke a few days after being born and I was told at the time that the doctors couldn't tell me what life would hold for her. I am happy to tell the world that she is a happy, beautiful, intelligent girl and I am so proud of all the things she has overcome in her short life to be the person she is today. (She has a very, very mild form of cerebal palsy that affects her right side). She is a grade ahead in school and reads on the level of a junior in college! I still to this day thank the doctors and nurses at The Med's Newborn Center for everything they did for her. I know that all families of "preemies" are not as lucky as my family is. She is truly the definition of a "miracle."

-Georgia Hadley

 

Thirty-three years ago, my first daughter was born three months early.  My doctor's words still ring in my ear ..."she may not have much of a chance."  She weighed 2 1/2 pounds, was fed via a tube down her throat, but needed no oxygen or medical devices.  She came home at 5 weeks of age and weighing close to 5 pounds.  She was advanced in every stage of her development, from turning over, crawling, sitting, and walking.  She has always been healthy, thriving and happy.  She was a true miracle!

-Jane Jordan

 

My precious baby boy was also born at 28 weeks on October 30,2006. He weighed 2 pounds and 4 oz. He  stayed in Baptist Womens Hospital almost two months before reaching 4lbs and getting to come home to us 5 days before Christmas.  It was an awful and emotional roller coaster. My husband and I are so blessed and thankful to have such a little miracle on our hands.  He is now 20 months and doing wonderful. He was developmentally delayed about 2months, but you'd never know it now.  Best wishes and lots of prayers to Carrie and her family.

-Christy Rye

 

My twins boys (who are now 2) were born almost 2 months early.  They both weighed over 6 pounds so alot of people thought they wren't premmies but because they were born so early, they were catagorized as premies.  We were very lucky.  Both stayed in the NICU for only 1 night.  Both are now thriving and doing. well.  Ryan, (twin B) has to wear corrective braces on his feet and has therapy twice a week but overall, their health is wonderful.  I truly pray everyday for premie babies and their parents, it was hard for us and we barely brushed the premie experience, I can only imagine what those who are less fortunate must endure.  My heart and prayers go out to all babies and parents but especially for those who are so small and so young.

-Lisa Tuggle

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