Bakersfield family has small reason to be thankful

Bakersfield family has small reason to be thankful

Their baby was born 3 months premature, and still this family says they have so much to be thankful for.
This tiny miracle, is Bodi Ray. Born last Wednesday, three months premature to Stephanie and Bo Brandenburg. The new mom and dad thought this Thanksgiving and holiday season would be their final one as a couple, before they became a family of three, but on November 4, all that changed.

"I woke up at 3:30 in the morning and my water broke, didn't even know it was my water.  I woke my husband up and said, something is wrong. We went to the hospital, they checked to see if it was amniotic fluid and it was. And they told me I was going to be on bed rest until she came out," says Stephanie Brandenburg.

But for Stephanie, that bed rest wouldn't last long. Despite multiple rounds of drugs to try and stop contractions, she was in labor. "One of the hardest things was seeing her literally be helpless and fighting contractions every day and lasting nearly 2 weeks," says Bo.

Stephanie held on through ten days of labor. "I knew every day her chances were better, so I just kept on going. I didn't wanna give up, did not want to give up."

Bodi Ray was born November 14, weighing just one pound 12 ounces.  The Brandenburgs say it's still a rollercoaster for their micro-preemie, but Bodi is eating and her lungs are getting stronger every day, and they're staying strong for her.
Doctors say Bodi Ray must stay in the hospital at least until her expected due date which was February 21.

But despite the fear they've felt these last few weeks, these new parents say they have a lot to be thankful for.
"Friends and family for all the support and prayers, local churches that have been praying for us and Bodi. It's been amazing how much support we've had so far."

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