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Parents' heartbreaking path leads to March of Dimes

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At any moment, there's a young couple somewhere in the Bay area about to give birth.

They're hoping and praying for the best during labor and delivery.

Sometimes high expectations go horribly wrong, and a baby has to fight to live.

It's something Erin and Bill nobles know all too well.

Their baby daughter Delia struggled for each breath. No oxygen was getting to her newborns lungs and blood vessels. Pulmonary hypertension left her on life support, and the nobles eventually made the decision to let her go.

"After about five hours of them working on her, we made the decision to stop the support," Bill said.

Bill and Erin tried again. Sure enough, it was a successful pregnancy, just like the last -- but it was followed by yet another troubled birth.

"Once Maddie was born, you could see she was going down that same exact path. She didn't turn pink as you would expect a baby to," Bill said.

This time, a team of medical specialists from All Children's Hospital was at their side.

"And that night managed to get her on a heart-lung bypass, the ecmo machine, it bought them a lot more time," Erin said.

Successful heart surgery followed. Maddie is now an active, playful toddler, eager to show big brother Liam just what a doctor does to help her stay well.

"When you get out of the hospital, and once we you have that kind of story, people start talking to you and telling you their stories. We learned it does happen. It happens a lot."

So Bill and Erin became active in March of Dimes to raise funds and awareness to prevent newborn and infant mortality.

"Having a child in the NICU, even for just a short period of time, is life altering. It definitely changes your perspective on things," Erin said.

Bill and Erin want to help spread the word about this Saturday, when the March of Dimes will hold its annual March for Babies. It's to raise awareness and support for newborns with life-threatening medical conditions.

In Hillsborough County, Saturday's walk starts at the Tampa Bay Times Forum at 8:30.

In Pinellas County, the march starts at the Safety Harbor marina at 9 a.m.


LINK: More info on the March for Babies:


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