Meet the Rowen Family:
Craig, Azizah, Wilder and Dash
Wilder Rowen was born two months and two days before his due date on a frigid January night in 2014. Nine days earlier, at 30 weeks pregnant, his parents, Azizah and Craig, woke in the middle of the night to find Azizah badly hemorrhaging. Forced to stay home with their two-year old son, Craig helplessly hailed a ride to the hospital for his wife. Twelve hours later, the couple learned that Azizah would spend the remainder of her pregnancy on full bedrest in the hospital.
The struggle with high-risk pregnancies was not new for Craig & Azizah. Still, despite several miscarriages, and many complications, they were shocked and overwhelmed to learn that their second son would be delivered prematurely. Azizah vividly recalls the look of concern on their obstetrician’s face as he sat on the edge of the hospital bed and informed them that Azizah was losing too much blood—and needed to deliver immediately. “But I’m barely 31 weeks,” she cried, as Craig’s eyes also welled up with tears.
When the doctor whispered “Happy Birth Day,” Azizah searched Craig’s face, frantic for a sign. “Is he ok?”
“I don’t know,” he replied.
Like 1 in every 12 babies, Wilder was born premature, too sick and too weak to go home. Whisked away to a NICU incubator, he began his 49-day journey, weighing less than four pounds—around the size of a pineapple. Please share his story, to give hope to so many others.
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