"Cooper and his triplet brothers were born 4 months prematurely, on June 5, 2007, at only 24 weeks gestation. Cooper weighed 1 lb., 6 oz. at birth, and spent the first six months of his life in the NICU. His biggest issue was tracheomalacia, and he came home with a trach. About 11 months after Cooper's tracheostomy, the doctor gave us the thumbs up to try the Passy-Muir valve. Cooper took to the PMV almost instantly. I'll never, ever forget the first time we heard him cry and babble. The PMV changed all of our lives. Three screaming babies is a beautiful sound! Now, not only was Cooper communicating with us, but with his brothers too. Cooper's trach was removed in March 2009, and I'm very happy to report that today, Cooper's speech delays are nothing substantial.
THANK YOU Passy-Muir!!"
-- Raizel, mother of Cooper
Born at 24 weeks, 0 days gestation-1lb., 6 oz., 12 in.