Jeremiah was born prematurely at 28 weeks. He had a birth defect called a congenital diaphragmatic hernia, where the diaphragm, which separates the abdomen from the chest, develops a hole and the abdominal organs protrude into the chest. Doctors gave him some time to get stronger before performing surgery. At just 10 days of life and slightly less than 4 pounds, he underwent a procedure to properly position his organs and repair his diaphragm. After a 6-week hospital stay, Jeremiah came home — and has had no problems from the birth defect.
Donations to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital provide numerous lifesaving pieces of equipment, such as pediatric ventilators, for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit that were used in Jeremiah’s care.
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