Born eight weeks premature with a very serious abdominal birth defect, Slate Suson was not given much hope of survival. He endured four months in the neonatal intensive care unit, countless surgeries, infections, a failing liver and weeks with a ventilator helping him to breathe.
Slate began receiving small feedings of donor human milk from the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas. He gradually tolerated larger amounts of donor milk and was finally able come off his IV nutrition which was affecting his liver. After four months in the hospital, Slate was able to go home for the first time.
Slate continues to thrive on donor human milk and consistently continues to gain weight! Slate’s family strongly believes the donor human milk he received is the reason Slate survived and continues to thrive.
Christal Suson, Slate’s mother, believes her baby is a miracle. “I don’t know where Slate would be if there were not mothers willing to donate their milk,” Christal said. “The Milk Bank has been a true godsend for our child and our family.”
|Slate Suson was born eight weeks early, weighing 4.83 pounds|
|Slate received donor human milk from the Mothers’ Milk Bank of North Texas|
|After four months in the NICU, Slate was sent home|
Kelley Durrant, a donor from Rowlett, delivered her twins Ressa and Cameron prematurely. Sadly, Ressa passed away at three weeks of age. Kelley pumped much more milk than Cameron needed and became passionate about donating her excess milk to help other premature and fragile infants as a tribute to her precious baby girl. Kelley became the largest volume donor in the history of MMBNT, donating over 100 gallons! Kelley is just one of our many heroes.
Leo, Kelley and Cameron Durrant
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