Local family to serve as March of Dimes ambassadors
Published 7:51 pm, Wednesday, April 14, 2010
A New Milford family is this year's local ambassador family for the March of Dimes annual March for Babies April 25 in Danbury.
Registration for the 5- or 3-mile walk will begin at 9 a.m.
The fundraiser honors babies born healthy and those who need help to survive.
During her pregnancy, Ms. Mellen developed preeclampsia, a condition that includes maternal high blood pressure and can endanger both mother and child.
Sadie's heart rate soared and, as a result, Ms. Mellen delivered the baby nine weeks early.
Sadie weighed 4 pounds, 1 ounce and spent a month in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) before being released.
Today, Sadie is a vibrant 5-year old, despite being born with a hole in her heart and supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) because of her premature birth.