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The Baum Family

Sophia, 17 months, Apple Valley, MN
"Sophia was born on March 29, 2005 at 26 weeks gestation, weighing in at only 2.3 pounds. The first 10 weeks of her life was spent in the NICU at the Children's Hospital in St. Paul, MN. It was a very difficult and emotional time for our family, but she received wonderful care and more love and support from family and friends than anyone could ask for. Sophia had to overcome health hurdles such as apnea, low hemoglobin levels, maintaining her body temperature and breathing and eating on her own. Luckily, she was able to come home without any monitors or any other devices. Today, Sophia is 17½ months old and a very happy, healthy, and playful little girl. I know every child is a miracle, but I'm reminded every day how much my daughter is truly a blessing."
 -- Rachel, mom of Sophia