Stockbridge, Ga. (April 10, 2014) – Ashleigh Ginn was just 24 weeks pregnant when she gave birth to twin boys Harper and Thomas Ginn on August 14, 2012 at Piedmont Henry Hospital.
Harper - weighing a mere 1 pound, 7 ounces - was the bigger of the two boys while his brother Thomas weighed 1 pound, 3 ounces at birth. Harper, who had a grade 4 brain bleed, went home after 126 days in the Piedmont Henry neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Thomas remained in the hospital for another 43 days after his brother left. Today, both boys are healthy and active.
“I am grateful to our immediate family and to the family created by the network of nurses who cared for our boys throughout their stay in the NICU,” said Ginn, who has dedicated herself to supporting the March of Dimes’ efforts.
Each year, nearly half a million babies like Harper and Thomas Ginn are born prematurely in the United States, according to the March of Dimes. The Ginn boys and their parents will serve as Henry County’s 2014 March of Dimes Ambassador family.
“As Harper and Thomas’ primary NICU nurse, it is so rewarding to see these two thriving after all the struggles they’ve had,” said Angela Crawford, RN, Piedmont Henry. “They were fighters from the very beginning.”
Over the past six years, Piedmont Henry employees raised more than $10,000 for the March of Dimes. These funds support lifesaving research into the causes and prevention of prematurity and birth defects as well as supports legislation that improves care for moms and babies.
The Henry County March for Babies walk is Friday, May 9 at 7 p.m. at Heritage Park, 101 Lake Dow Road, McDonough. To sign up for the walk or join Piedmont Henry’s team, visit marchforbabies.org.