After Elise and Todd Jackson’s son, Elijah, was born 14 weeks prematurely in 2002, he spent 7 months in the neonatal intensive care unit at Rockford Memorial Hospital in north central Illinois. Although Elijah is now an active and healthy 13-year-old, because of medical problems stemming from his prematurity, as an infant he was given a feeding tube, underwent surgery to close the duct between his pulmonary artery and aorta, and needed a tracheotomy to help him breathe.
“I literally moved to Rockford to be with him,” said Elise Jackson, whose home is 45 miles away in Elgin, Illinois. “I didn’t want to leave his bedside.”
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