In this rough economy, finding research money for health cures is a hard job for hospitals.
One group is working with them to make it possible. Their teamwork is What's Right with Tampa Bay.
Bill and Erin Nobles are so thankful to be playing with their son Liam and 8-month-old baby girl Maddie. She spent the first three weeks of her life in critical condition in All Children's Hospital.
"She stayed in the NICU in All Children's Hospital for 54 days while they worked on her heart and her lungs," said Maddie's dad Bill Nobles.
Maddie had heart and lung complications when she was born and almost died.
"Maddie had significant respiratory issues from the day she was born, and they became worse that first day to the point where we feared for her life," said All Children Hospital's Carine Stroquist
That's where the March of Dimes come in. They partner with hospitals to help and develop research that saves the lives of children like Maddie.
"In the United States alone, there an estimated if there are 13 million babies born pre-mature, million of those die. And that's unconscionable to sit back and do nothing," said March of Dimes' John Hadden.
It's a combination of science and cures that Erin is so appreciative of that changed Maddie's life.
"Without the work of the March of Dimes and the work of dozens, if not hundreds of professionals at All Children's Hospital, I'm positive that Maddie wouldn't be here with us today." Erin Nobles said.
It's something the Nobles family thinks about every time they see their energetic and happy baby girl.
The March of Dimes is a not-for-profit organization that has been helping improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality since the 1930's.
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