Neil and Ashlee Moore’s family of Baker was chosen to be the ambassador family for the Bismarck March for Babies held in Bismarck, ND May 2. The event was sponsored by the March of Dimes.
The ambassador family is selected from families who have had a premature baby in the past. The March for Babies walk helps to raise awareness regarding premature births.
More than 350 people walked for one hour in honor of the 53 babies born premature each hour in the U.S. More than 30 fundraising teams pooled their efforts to raise more than $104,000 for funding research and prevention of premature birth, support families with a premature baby in newborn intensive care and help women have full-term pregnancies and healthy babies.
Ashlee spoke about their family’s experiences with two babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). The Moore family then led the walk.
Neil and Ashlee always wanted to have children. In 2009, after trying to get pregnant for awhile, their in-vitro treatment was finally successful. Ashley got pregnant with twins. At 22 weeks Ashlee’s water broke and she was sent to Bismarck. After two weeks in the hospital, baby Kirsten’s heart tones were lost. She was stillborn at 24 weeks.
Neil and Ashlee had a tough decision to make. They could try keeping twin Kynlie in longer and hope Ashlee didn’t go into labor or deliver her by c-section and pray she would survive. They decided to have the c-section. Ashlee was told to be prepared for Kynlie not to be alive when she came out of surgery, as she could have the staph infection, also.
Kynlie Faith Moore was born Oct. 9, 2009, weighing 1 lb. 4.5 oz. and was 12 3/4 inches long. She spent 109 days in Med Center One’s NICU.
“It’s where we made some amazing life long friends who touched our lives in ways we can’t explain,” Ashlee said.
Kynlie did remarkably well for being so small and fragile. The surfactant, which was developed by the March of Dimes, and other treatments saved her life. Kynlie is now five years old. She loves singing, dancing, playing piano, and mothering her little sister and brother.
Fast forward two healthy pregnancies and four years later. Three weeks before baby boy Max’s due date, Ashlee started having a lot of contractions. Ashlee’s doctor told her when she went into labor they would just deliver the baby as he was already very big. Dec. 22, 2013, they did. Everything went great during the c-section. He had a full head of black hair and weighed 8 lbs. 6 oz. but he couldn’t breath on his own. He’d cry, then stop breathing, and they would have to bag him. They called the air ambulance from St. Alexius to get Max.
Max’s stay was much scarier than Kynlie’s for the family. He was so extremely sick when he was supposed to be healthy and go home right away. Max received a couple of doses of surfactant and nitric oxcide and was on a ventilator for ten days. After three weeks in the NICU, Neil and Ashlee got to take their third baby home. Max is now 13 months old and has done considerably well considering how sick he was. He just started walking and jabbers up a storm. He also loves tormenting his sisters.
“March of Dimes played an important role in both our kids still being with us. Both of them received their life saving surfactant that was critical in the outcome of their stories,” Ashlee said. “We always try to come back to Bismarck to do March for Babies so we can walk with Kynlie and Max’s nurses, doctors and support staff. They all made our experiences in the NICUs so much easier just knowing they were taking care of our babies as if they were their own kids.”
Kynlie received the award for the Top Youth Walker and the Moores also received the award for the Top Family Team.