Sawyer spent the first three months of his life in Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, after he was born prematurely at just 32 weeks. He required oxygen and a feeding tube after his parents took him home, and for months, concerns centered on Sawyer’s underdeveloped lungs affecting his breathing and feeding. You’d never know it today. After working with a pulmonologist, Sawyer shows no signs that he ever had any problems. His parents thought he might be restricted from activities or sports by breathing issues, but Sawyer, now 3 years old, “doesn’t restrict himself at anything,” mom Brooke says.

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