"It was a nightmare." Infant mortality in Vigo County

One in 10 families have babies who land in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit or lose a child under 1-year-old. That’s according to the March of Dimes. A Terre Haute family is living proof of the alarming statistic.

Posted: Mar. 16, 2018 9:02 AM
Updated: Mar. 16, 2018 10:20 AM

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) – One in 10 families have babies who land in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit or lose a child under 1-year-old. That’s according to the March of Dimes.

A Terre Haute family is living proof of the alarming statistic.

Culley and Megan Degroote are born and raised in Terre Haute. When they first got pregnant, they were expecting a baby boy. Unfortunately, he died 7 months into the pregnancy.

They say doctors didn't have an explanation as to why.

When they got pregnant again four years later, it was a high-risk pregnancy. They went to specialists in Indianapolis who told them they needed to deliver in Indy.

But they wanted to stay in their hometown in Terre Haute. That's what they did and they say it was the best decision they made.

“From start to finish, our 34 day stay in the NICU was unbelievable. And those nurses in the NICU are unbelievable, I mean they do miracles,” said Culley DeGroote.

The DeGrootes are now asking for your help, to help join the cause to stop infant mortality.

On Thursday, people in the community learned about infant mortality at Union Hospital.

It was a kick-off to raise money for the March of Dimes March for Babies. This nationwide program creates a support system for families who lose a child or who have a premature baby.

Terre Haute hosts the 2nd largest March for Babies in Indiana. This year, it will be no different.

“This here is March of Dimes and Union Health and all other businesses in the community coming together to help babies make it past the first year of life,” said Steve Holman, CEO of Union Hospital. “What's more motivating than that.”

The March for Babies will be Saturday, May 6th. Rose-Hulman Institute is hosting the event. You can sign up by clicking here.

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