On December 6, 2011, Kingston Malone McKinnon was born weighing 1 pound, 3.5 ounces and 12 inches. He was considered a micro-preemie, born at 23 weeks and 6 days.
Life in the NICU became an unpredictable ride with a lot of ups and downs, heartaches and triumphs. During his NICU stay, Kingston had many procedures including, over 15 blood transfusions. On May 10, 2012, he was welcomed home -- in time for Mother’s Day! He had already spent numerous holidays in the hospital where he spent 5 months, 22 weeks or 145 days.
As the 2014 March for Babies Greater Baltimore Ambassador Family, the McKinnons shared their touching story at the March for Babies kickoff in Baltimore. Photos can be viewed at: http://on.fb.me/MFB14BmoreKO.
Mom, Arica shared, “We're grateful for the role the March of Dimes played in helping Kingston, and we invite everyone to join us and walk so other families can be spared from the heartbreaking experience of having a baby born too soon or too sick.”
The family will speak during the opening ceremonies of March for Babies at Camden Yards on May 3. We look forward to seeing if this well-dressed toddler will be wearing a crown or an Orioles hat!