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Kelli and Jackson NICU grad high school graduation
The Day We Truly Graduated from the NICU

The Day We Truly Graduated from the NICU

High school graduation is an emotional experience for parents. Possibly even more so when the child was born preterm or with special health care needs. But unlike a lot of my friends who are expressing how sad they are that their child will soon leave for college and life will never be quite the same, I am overjoyed that my son is about to take flight. Not because he is a difficult kid with a smart mouth and a messy room, but because there was a long period of time that I did not know if he would live or go to school or live on his own.
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SDMC NICU grads, jackson Kelley, hand to hold, st David's medical center Austin
Micro Preemies Give Back to the NICU Where Life Started as They Approach Graduation Weekend

Micro Preemies Give Back to the NICU Where Life Started as They Approach Graduation Weekend

AUSTIN, Texas, May 23, 2019 – As graduation season nears, Hand to Hold went back to where it all started: St. David’s Medical Center (SDMC). Born two days apart, Jackson Kelley and twins Luke and Gabe DeYoung spent months in the SDMC Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

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