Thursday, August 07, 2008
Preemie Mom Donates Record Amount Of Breast Milk

Delivering her twins 3 1/2 months early has changed Kelley Durrant's life.

"When Ressa and Cameron were born their bodies could pretty much fit in our hands, and their skin was so almost translucent looking," their dad Leo Durrant recalled.

Sadly, Ressa passed away from an infection three weeks later.

Her parents remember saying goodbye to their tiny daughter with the determined personality.

"At the moment it was probably one of the hardest things, probably the hardest thing I've ever gone through," Leo admitted. "But looking back, I don't have any bitterness or really not any sorrow about that day in particular."

Committed to the cause of helping other babies who struggle to live, Kelly pumped -- in memory of her daughter -- at work and even while on vacation.

Her determination was so strong that Saturday she marked a milestone with her final donation to Mother's Milk Bank of North Texas -- 100 gallons of breast milk.

The Milk Bank said that Kelly's donation -- 17 months worth of milk for a baby -- is unprecedented.

The giving mom is just happy that she could help other babies and give them the chance to survive or a little bit of a boost.

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That's amazing. I am always in awe of women who can produce milk like that. There was a lady at the milk bank I donated to who over the span of her donating career (several kids) gave over 20,000oz of milk. That is such an amazing gift that someone can give.

8/07/2008 07:57:00 pm  

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