NEWTON, NC (WBTV) - Dawn Robinson brought three of her four children to a book signing in Hickory earlier this month. She said casually while there, "I couldn't bring my fourth baby, but he is a miracle!"
I was in a mode of being busy and people and surrounded and didn't really question what she meant. I am embarrassed now to say I didn't. She emailed last week explaining more.
"My baby Steele was born at 29-weeks," she wrote from her home in Newton. "He weighed just two pounds. During my pregnancy I suffered from HELLP syndrome, a serious complication of high blood pressure. If Steele HADN'T been born as early as he was, I wouldn't have survived."
Being born that early brings about lots of complications. Dawn says Steele - who is now two - suffers from many of them. He has cerebral palsy, brain damage, difficulty breathing, is nearly blind and, Dawn says, suffers seizures at any given time. He also only eats through a feeding tube.
"Even still," Dawn says, "he remains a happy little guy. He's been through a lot but he's still happy."
Wanted to post this to acknowledge what a rockstar Dawn is for raising her four children, one being a major fighter, and to welcome Steele to #MollysKids.
Next time we meet I'll open my ears a little wider, Dawn, and hear more about your son while we're talking in person.