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When Sierra Ramos was born after a gestation period of only 23 weeks (just under six months), the tiny girl weighed only 1.9 pounds. She was given only a 10 percent chance of survival.

Sierra struggled for life. And Cedars-Sinai's NICU was with her all the way. "She had lots of ups and downs, including a heart problem that necessitated surgery," her mother, Patty, recalled. Sierra spent the first 137 days of her life in NICU before going home on oxygen.

But those first four months were filled with joy. "It was a wonderful, incredible experience," Patty said. "If she had been born anywhere else, she wouldn't have survived."

Today Sierra, a healthy 4-year-old, is undergoing speech and occupational therapy. And every year on her birthday, her family returns to the NICU with birthday cake to share the joy of her birth with the NICU family.



Edward Roberts, Jr. has come a long way.

Born in the Cedars-Sinai Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at just 24 weeks and 1.7 pounds, he has grown into an active 19-year-old college student who dances and plays the piano. Roberts was recently invited to throw out the first pitch at a Los Angeles Dodgers game – a “once in a lifetime experience,” he commented.

Roberts attributes his good health in part to the physical therapy recommended by the NICU, part of the Maxine Dunitz Children’s Health Center at Cedars-Sinai. He was joined on the field by philanthropist Maxine Dunitz and Charles F. Simmons, MD, chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and director of the Division of Neonatology.