More Money May Be on the Way for Premature Birth Research

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It was her first pregnancy and Sarah Mazur says she was delighted to find out at 10 weeks she was having twins, but at only 29 weeks Mazur went into premature labor.

Sarah Mazur said, "They weighed two pounds, 14 ounces a piece and they stayed in the hospital in the NICU for six weeks, and then they came home. They weighed about four pounds when they came home and they've just been getting bigger ever since."

Mom says twins Andrew and Zach are happy, healthy and active four-year-olds now, but the experience was hard on the family.

Rob Mazur, father, said, "When you're a father you're taught to take care of the family and you look in there and you see, in our case, two little ones that you can't do anything for. You're completely powerless to do anything. You can't take them home."

The Mazurs say they feel lucky that Andrew and Zach only had eye problems. Both boys have had several surgeries and wear eyeglasses. Doctors say with premature births on a steady increase and still little known about the cause, medical bills are skyrocketing.

Dr. Todd Patterson, Director of the Neo-Natal Unit at TMH, said, "It's not unusual for very premature babies to have a half a million dollar hospital bill. It's something that really needs to be looked into and really needs to be addressed."

Only more research into premature births can help solve the problem and prevent babies from being born before their due date. The "PREEMIE" Act moves next to the U.S. House of Representatives for approval.