Like many 5-year-old boys, Trey Gladman likes to play outside, is a loud talker and sometimes likes to mouth back to his mother. But unlike many boisterous boys, Trey was born 12 weeks premature and at the time of his birth, his parents worried he might not live.
“Nothing stops Trey anymore,” said Amber Gladman, Trey’s mother. “He’s our little miracle.”
The Gladmans now serve as the Ambassador Family of the Clark County branch of March of Dimes for 2014 and will share their story of Trey’s birth and growth at the the 2014 Clark County March for Babies event on May 10 at Buck Creek State Park in Springfield, an event which Trey calls “the long walk.”
The March for Babies is a charity walk where teams and individuals raise money for future research and education of pre-term pregnancies and birth defects. The Gladman family has participated in the walk since 2010.
Doctor’s rushed Amber from Clark County to Columbus and Trey was born at Mount Carmel-West Hospital when he was only 28 weeks and two days into his gestational period. There were never indications that her pregnancy was in jeopardy and her water never broke, so the premature labor came at a complete shock to her and her husband, both first-time parents, Amber said.
“It was completely normal, until it just wasn’t,” she said.
After 83 long and anxious days spent in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit tracking Trey’s progress as he grew and fought through the many medical ailments and problems caused by his early birth, the Gladmans were finally able to bring their baby home on Jan. 27, 2009.
Although Trey continued to fight medical problems through the first few years of his life, he is now a happy and healthy 5-year-old who likes to play with his 3-year-old sister and cheer for the Ohio State Buckeyes.
The Gladmans are grateful to the doctors and nurses, and to everyone involved in yearly efforts to raise money through the March of Dimes — an organization that helped them through difficult times when they were learning about what it meant to have a child that was born premature.
The March of Dimes is a national organization committed to helping mothers have full-term pregnancies and research the problems that threaten the health of babies, including premature births and birth defects, according to the group’s mission statement.
The March of Dimes is currently leading the national Prematurity Campaign to reduce the nation’s preterm birth rate to 9.6 percent or less by the year 2020. Ohio’s preterm birth rate in 2013 was 12.1 percent, according to data from the National Center for Health Statistics.
The Clark County March of Dimes chapter has set a goal to raise more than $56,000 for the 2014 walk.
By Allison Wichie - Springfield News-Sun, Ohio (MCT)
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