Demi and Jeff Frandsen's son Leo was born two months early. But that wasn't the only reason the preemie ended up in the NICU at the Children Hospital and Medical Center in Omaha, NE. The baby boy was born with gastroschisis, a birth defect that causes a hole in the wall of the baby's stomach and exposes the intestines and other organs.
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Leo was unable to speak, but he still was able to learn to sign "mama." He got to spend time with his older brother and even got to go outside. Still, he spent most his days in the NICU. The only way that Demi could feel less helpless was through breastfeeding.
Even though Leo consumed little more than a Q-tip's worth of breast milk, Demi got up every three hours to pump. And when Leo passed away suddenly when he was 10 months old, Demi donated all that breast milk to the Children's Depot, a milk bank. She gave 131 gallons worth, or as Demi told WOWT News, enough to fill the dairy aisle of a supermarket. It was the largest donation in Omaha history.
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Most of the breast milk goes to feed other babies in the NICU--and that's fine by Demi, who pushed on so that infants who are hooked up to hospital tubes have a fighting chance of survival. "He was worth it. He was worth all of this. His life in 10 months was the best 10 months of mine," Demi told the news station.
You can watch the video version of the story below. It's so inspiring.
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