Melissa Ohden is a survivor. She was born at 31 weeks of gestation, weighing just 2 pounds and 14 ounces. Severe respiratory and liver problems, along with seizures, made her doctors doubt she would survive. But she did survive.
Perinatal medicine in 1977 was primitive in comparison with today’s technology. The most important factor that gave her a chance to live was that nurses saw to it that she received the same care that any other child would have received. They were all that stood between Melissa and death.