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Eye on Health: MacIver Family

Eye on Health: MacIver Family

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Each year, a half million babies in the U-S are born premature.

A baby born too early can have more health problems.

In this week's Eye on Health, the story of the MacIver family of Minot who have two little girls, both arrived several weeks early.

Kara and Cory MacIver of Minot have an 8 year old girl, Kaylyn and a 10 month old baby, Cady.

Kaylyn arrived three and a half months early, weighing less than 2 pounds.

She spend 122 days in the neo-natal unit.

Cady was born seven weeks early, and spent 21 days in the neonatal unit.

(Cory MacIver, Father) "We have made the best of the situation, could be discouraging, we take it a day at a time, but we have two healthy girls, and that's our life."

There have been obstacles to overcome.

Kaylynn has undergone eye surgeries for detached retinas, and was fitted with hearing aids before she was a year old.

But in recent weeks, a whole new world has been open to her.

She received a cochlear implant, it's an electronic device surgically implanted in her ear to improve hearing.

The implant was activated in February.

(Cory MacIver, Father) "The little sounds we take for granted, she could not hear, she is more confident with her friends."

Cady is their second miracle girl, she had a very traumatic birth, leaving her quite bruised, and experiencing some seizures.

She now is doing much better, she wears glasses for her far sightedness.

And both she and her sister are in therapy with the Minot Infant Development Program.

Family and friends have planned a benefit for the McIvers this month in a show of support.

(Kara MacIver, Mother) "We are blessed with good friends, and co-workers."

The MacIver Family fun day is Sunday, April 28th from 11-4 at Jim Hill.

There will be swimming, food, entertainment and a silent auction.

It is free, but free will offerings will be accepted.

For Eye on Health I'm Carla Burbidge.

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