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Grateful for Exceptional Care

When Kelly Crider delivered her twin boys 16 weeks early, she and her husband, Chuck, knew the journey to get them home and healthy would be challenging.

The twins, Collin and Keegan, who weighed less than two pounds at birth, were given a low chance of survival. They were so tiny their diapers were the size of a deck of playing cards, and their hands could fit inside their father’s wedding ring.

Fighting for their lives, the twins spent four and a half months in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Texas
Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where they underwent heart and hernia surgeries, feeding tubes, respirators and brain scans.

“We couldn’t have asked for better, more attentive care,” Kelly says. “The hospital became our second home, and
we began to think of the staff as family.”

To celebrate the twins’ first birthday, the Crider family made a generous gift through the Grateful Hearts Honor Your Caregiver program.

“We wanted to thank the NICU staff members who helped our sons become the healthy toddlers they are today,” says Kelly. “They were there for us every step of the way to answer any questions we had -- no matter how minute they may have seemed.”

The Grateful Hearts program encourages interested patients to make a contribution to support the needs of Texas Health hospitals in recognition of outstanding physicians, nurses and other health professionals.

For more information or to make a donation, visit

Please write to the Foundation at 6100 Western Place, Suite 1001, Fort Worth, TX 76107 to have your name removed from the list to receive future fundraising requests supporting Texas Health Harris Methodist Foundation.

(Fall/Winter 2010)

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