On Nov. 12, I opened the Statesman and was pleasantly surprised to see my grandson looking up at me. The article “Preemies: To save or not to save?” is his story, and I was very glad that the Statesman chose to publish it. My first grandson’s birth was fraught with both great joy and great fear. My daughter, Miri, and her husband, Eric, were determined, with God’s help, to give Gabriel every chance to live. Today one might think Gabriel is a typical 3-year-old — and in many ways, he is. But he got to this place by a very untypical path. He and his parents work hard to accomplish the things that other children seem to take for granted.
We got to see a miracle that most parents never get to see — we got to see inside the womb during the last 4 months of development. The hospitals, doctors and nurses who provide this level of care deserve our gratitude and admiration. The parents who are courageous enough to raise their children despite the risks deserve our support and prayers. And most of all, the children who bring such joy to our lives deserve all our love.
The Rev. David Moser, Boise