Marching to Raise Awareness About Premature Birth


By Aimee Burnett

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) Close to two–hundred people joined forces to raise money and awareness about premature birth Saturday in Twin Falls.

"Baby Hailey was born on December 14th of 2012. She was born at 2lbs. 5oz," said Nestor Lopez, daughter born premature.

For Nestor and Rosie Lopez the March of Dimes is an event that hits close to home.

Their daughter Hailey was born at twenty–six weeks.

She's battled for her life and overcome incredible adversity.

"She's been able to come through a lot of obstacles such as staph infection, RSV during the NICU. She's a fighter," said Lopez.

Which as Lopez explains, where she got her nickname... Hurricane Hailey.

"Hurricane is her nickname because of all the things that she has fought through, not to mention that regardless even after the NICU she's still a little hurricane, especially when she wakes up at night," said Lopez.

"When there is a child born prematurely the March of Dimes steps in and provides comfort and support to that family, education," said Annie Miller, March of Dimes, Community Director.

It was the education that helped the Lopez family the most.

"It's quite a challenge to not know what your baby is going to need especially when it comes down to surgeries and such things," said Lopez.

"Here in Idaho one in ten children are born prematurely. Fifty percent of that we don't know why it happens," said Miller.

That's precisely the case with little Hailey.

But, now nearly five months later she's thriving.

"For being a 26 weeker her health is optimum and she's true proof that miracles exist," said Lopez.

Weighing in at over ten pounds... it's clear little Hailey will continue to take the world by storm.

March of Dimes is hoping to raise $30, 000 locally and $400,000 statewide.

Seventy–six cents of each dollar raised in Idaho, stays in Idaho.

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