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The Story of Matt

January 11, 1987

Yes, the lights are too bright, the noise level is too high, the stress sometimes almost unbearable. Yes, the neonatal intensive-care unit is an incredibly unnatural environment--one filled with more love and respect for life's most fragile gifts, its premature and sick newborns, than any other I have experienced. For 24 hours each day of the year we are with the babies, hoping--sometimes futilely--that each will "graduate" to be as beautiful and healthy as Matthew Chen.

Laura Gauntt, R.N.

San Diego Children's Hospital

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