March of Dimes helps support NICU care

1 year 8 months 3 weeks ago April 30, 2015 Apr 30, 2015 Thursday, April 30 2015 Thursday, April 30, 2015 5:42:00 PM CDT in News
By: Brittany Pieper, KOMU 8 Anchor
Embed Code Copied

COLUMBIA -Columbia will host the March of Dimes March for Babies at Stephens Lake Park at 1:30 on Sunday, May 3. The March of Dimes raises money to prevent preterm labor and improve care and research for premature babies.

Parents like John and Melissa Sisler benefit from the research to help babies born early. The Sisler's son, Courtland, came unexpectedly two months before his due date.

"As I was leaving my baby shower my water broke," Melissa Sisler said. "Very scared because I knew he was two months early, but I knew being a nurse just get to the hospital and they would do what they needed to do."

Courtland suffered from head trauma and strokes. It's been a long six weeks of round the clock care in the neonatal intesive unit at University of Missouri Health Care's Women's and Children's Hospital, but so far he's doing well.

"His progress has been amazing. He wasn't able to move his left side when he was born, and now he can move all arms and legs," Melissa said.

Doctors say the outcomes for premature babies like Courtland have improved dramatically in the last few decades, partly because of research funded by March of Dimes.

"Surfactant is a protein that our lungs make all the time, but the more premature you are you don't make enough of it," says University Hospital NICU director Dr. John Pardalos. "So when you're born premature, your lungs kind of get stuck together when you let all the air out so the baby struggles to take that next breath. Now, with surfactant therapy we can give them artificial surfactant for the first 24 hours until their little lungs can start making their own, and that research was funded by the March of Dimes."

In 1990, a baby born at 28 weeks had a 50% chance of survival. Today that same child has a 90% chance. The Sislers say having a child in the NICU is still a very difficult time for parents, but knowing how far medicine has come can make a stressful time a little easier.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Two people were arrested Friday in connection with a terroristic threat, according to an email from Columbia police.... More >>
19 minutes ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 2:08:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Columbia Police officers responded to shots fired early Sunday morning in Columbia, according to a news release. ... More >>
1 hour ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 1:26:00 PM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say a 20-year-old man is charged in an attack on a 12-year-old girl... More >>
1 hour ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 12:51:01 PM CST in News
JASPER (AP) — A southwestern Missouri man is taking recycling to the extreme by building a house made from everything... More >>
3 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 11:03:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — A University of Missouri professor hopes his invention of a new mug that maintains the coffee's temperature... More >>
3 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 10:56:06 AM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's new governor, Eric Greitens, is pushing to give the state the country's toughest penalties for... More >>
4 hours ago January 22, 2017 Jan 22, 2017 Sunday, January 22 2017 Sunday, January 22, 2017 9:28:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Choral Arts Alliance of Missouri (CAAM) raised more than $1,500 Saturday night for the after-school program, Granny's... More >>
16 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 10:15:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Thousands of protesters, mostly women, gathered in Missouri's two biggest cities and Kansas' capital city in... More >>
18 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:44:00 PM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A central Missouri technical college plans to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to reinstate the school's... More >>
18 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:37:52 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is making a school choice measure called education savings accounts a priority... More >>
18 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 7:32:26 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — The Mid-Missouri Solidarity March was organized by area organization to support the Women’s March on Washington, D.C. on... More >>
20 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 6:00:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Counselors helped Columbia residents sign up for health care insurance Saturday, amid rising concern over the repeal of... More >>
21 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 5:02:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — Stephens College hosted its first "Fallopian Fest" Saturday. Stephens College student and one of the directors of... More >>
22 hours ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 3:54:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA — "The Mindfulness-Based Eating Solution" author, Dr. Lynn Rossy, spoke at the Boone County Historical Museum Saturday. The... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:51:00 AM CST in News
BOONVILLE — Several Missouri National Guard Specialists are preparing to leave for their final segment of training before departing for... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:39:00 AM CST in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Prosecutors have charged a man in connection with a shooting death last summer in Kansas City,... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:19:00 AM CST in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Police and court records said a man accused of fatally shooting a St. Louis apartment complex's... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:16:04 AM CST in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A southwestern Missouri woman faces up to 23 years in federal prison after admitting in court that... More >>
1 day ago January 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017 Saturday, January 21 2017 Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:10:00 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 47°
3pm 47°
4pm 46°
5pm 45°
6pm 44°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

2:00p
USSA Skiing and Snowboarding
3:00p
Figure Skating
5:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 5
2:00p
Paid Program
2:30p
Cheaters
3:00p
Made in Hollywood NOW

Tonight's Schedule

6:00p
Dateline NBC
7:30p
Ted
6:00p
Beverly Hills Ninja
8:00p
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld