Families spending Thanksgiving in ICU say they're thankful for life

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on November 22, 2012 at 9:57 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 2 at 1:34 AM

ARLINGTON –  Forget grabbing a slice of pumpkin pie –– tiny fingers are the sweetest things Jason Ford will ever have in his hands.

"Wow," says Ford, looking down at pink hand clutching his big finger, "What a God's blessing.  It's unbelievable. Words can't describe it."
 
The Fords' baby twin girls Kailey and Kristen were concieved through in-vitro fertilization, then born two months early. Even now, they forget to breathe sometimes.

"It's a blessing the technology that can help that," says Kathryn Ford, the twins' mother.
 
They, along with all the premature and sick infants in Texas Health Arlington's neonatal intensive care unit, are the top reason their parents give thanks.
 
Many of them might not be alive, without this super-specialized help.
 
"They couldn't see any of this lungs, his heart. It was completely covered in fluid," says Johnathon McWilliams of his son Jentevion. "It would have been a situation where we could've lost him."
 
Instead, 6-day old Jontevion is getting better.
 
On Thanksgiving, Kailey and Kristen had their first meal that didn't come from a feeding tube.
 
Email jstjames@wfaa.com

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