My oldest daughter, Michaela, was born 11 weeks early. She weighed only 1 lb 9 oz. She had a grade 3 brain bleed and had to have a shunt put in the right side of her brain. Her doctors in the NICU couldn’t really give us any idea about what her long term prognosis would be. When we first brought her home, on oxygen and an apnea monitor, we were a little lost and didn’t really know what to do next. We had been referred to Abrazos as part of our discharge out of the NICU. They were exactly what we needed. They came into our home and evaluated Michaela and she started to receive services right away. Over the next 3 years she received services from a Physical Therapist, a Developmental Specialist, an Occupational Therapist and a Speech Therapist. They were with us every step of the way and provided us with invaluable knowledge about how best to help Michaela. They became part of our family and even supported us during my husband’s deployment to Iraq.

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