The March of Dimes: Gaby's story

The March of Dimes: Gaby's story
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Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 6:52pm

Nearly a thousand people marched well walked around downtown Baton Rouge today. They did this to raise awareness and money for research to help sick babies in our area. It's called the March of Dimes. 

"I ruptured at 14 weeks the first time with Gaby, and they told us she was not going to survive, and that's something you don't want to here when you get pregnant," said Jasmine Lombrage.

Jasmine is Gaby's mom. Gaby was born premature and wasn't expected to live.

"She had all sorts of tubes and wires everywhere. It was terrifying," Lombrage explained. "Alarms going off. It was the most terrifying thing a parent could really experience."

Jasmine said they went from doctor to doctor, and they didn't know what to do. Gaby had trouble breathing.

"A couple of times they told us 'I'm sorry she's just not going to make it. She's just not worth it.' After they told us our daughter was not worth the transplant, they said they didn't even expect her to live through the week," Lombarge said. "On the third day Gaby died. They tried to bring her back, and she was pronounced dead."

But Gaby's family didn't give up.

"We were praying with Gaby way over an hour, almost close to two hours, then Gaby came back to life," Lombarge said.

Jasmine said Gaby is a miracle. Doctors told her Gaby wouldn't be able to walk or talk, and now she's doing both.

"Our motto is 'difficult does not mean impossible,' and every second with our premature babies and especially with my Gaby is a gift," Lombarge said.

Jasmine says thanks to the research for new medicines the March of Dimes provided and faith, Gaby is here with us today.

The March of Dimes helps millions of babies across the country just like Gaby. Gaby's getting ready to celebrate her 5th birthday in June.

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