September 18, 2013 Edition

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Baby Maddox home after
16 weeks at Le Bonheur

Tonya Owens looks at a quilt made by Lawrence Memorial Hospital Emergency Room Director Julie Foster during a baby shower hosted by LMH for her son, Maddox Adams, who was born 14 weeks premature in an emergency delivery at the local hospital. Holding Maddox is his grandmother, Kathy Smart of Swifton.
TD Photo ~ Gretchen Hunt

Gretchen Hunt

Four-month-old Maddox Adams weighs in at seven pounds, 14 ounces, a healthy weight for a newborn baby. Having been born 14 weeks early, he seems to be right on track with his development.

Maddox came home from Le Bonheur on Sept. 3, and the only evidence of his difficult delivery is that he continues to need oxygen. Doctors say Maddox may require oxygen for another two months or so.

Maddox was the guest of honor at a baby shower on Thursday afternoon hosted by the employees of Lawrence Memorial Hospital, whose lives he touched on May 13 when his mother, Tonya Owens, came to the emergency room complaining of abdominal pain.

She was unaware that she was pregnant until she went to the emergency room. Owens quickly realized she was in labor when she started having contractions and soon baby Maddox made his entry weighing one pound, 11 ounces.

Julie Foster, emergency room director, said she has been able to keep up with Maddox's progress through regular reports from Le Bonheur and the staff has been looking forward to the baby shower for a long time.

Among the many gifts received was a blanket quilted by Foster, which was personalized with Maddox's name, along with his birth date, weight and location.

Maddox is also the son of Josh Adams, and he has an older brother, Jacob Owens, who is nine.

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