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2014 CMN Hospital Heroes, Jason and Cory

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LA CRESCENT, Minn. (WXOW) --- Thirteen years ago Julie and Steve Ingram found out they were having twins.  They were overjoyed and surprised by the news.  Then by Julie's second ultrasound, the couple were told there was a problem and and they needed to act quickly.

When you see one of the Ingram twins, the other is usually close by, but the bond between twins Jason and Cory is much bigger than being brothers.  Jason said the two are best friends.  "I don't know what I'd do without him."

The boys were delivered 3 months premature.  Parents Julie and Steve say those first few months were like a roller coaster ride. "You get a call in the middle of the night and hear that a chest had collapsed. It was minute to minute."

The boys had Twin-to-Twin Transfer Syndrome, when the umbilical cord is split 80 - 20.  One twin hardly gets any food, and in order for both to survive, both have to be born early. "You weren't allowed to hold them. You weren't allowed to touch them because their skin was so fragile."

Cory's health was deteriorating so quickly that the NICU nurses decided to put him in the incubator with his brother.  Dr. Richard Strauss, a Gundersen Health System Pediatric Urgent Care Doctor said that type of treatment is called "Skin to Skin" treatment.  "The boys obviously remember each other. And when a mother has her babies and they are cold and wet, the nurse puts the baby on her chest. It's the same principle."

Over the course of treatment CMNH provided the family with isolettes, oxygen tanks, meal vouchers and respite care.

To make a donation go to GundersenHealth.org/CMNHospitals

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