Baby Survives Superstorm Sandy And More

5:39 PM, Dec 24, 2012   |    comments
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New York, NY (CBS) -- This is a Christmas full of special meaning for a young family in Queens. They'll be spending a quiet holiday at home with their first baby. But it took a series of miracles to get there.

Andrew Blanco was born 15 weeks early, weighing just 1 pound 10 ounces. His whole life has been a struggle, beginning the night his mom went into early labor.

Colleen was pregnant with twins, when doctors told her she had a rare condition, one baby was growing, but the other was not. 

"They told us there was a very good chance that we would lose both of them," said Ron Blanco, father.

After an emergency c-section, Andrew arrived at the neonatal intensive care unit, attached to monitors to help him breath, eat, even pump his own blood. His brother William did not make it. 

For three months, Andrew stayed in the NICU. He had eye surgery, battled breathing problems, and nearly died after a bout of sepsis. Then Superstorm Sandy struck and the hospital had to evacuate.

"We worked to wean him off the oxygen as he tolerated it and he really did beautifully and began to grow," said Dr. Christie Bruno.

After another month in intensive care, Andrew weighed nine pounds and was able to finally go home. 

He still has weekly visits with the pediatrician, and will see specialists throughout his childhood, but his parents say he's the best gift they ever received. 

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