The Families: Rami
Rami was born nine weeks early, and his tiny, fragile appearance at birth resulted not only from prematurity but a condition that hindered his growth in the womb. Born by emergency C-section, Rami continued his development within the high-tech NICU, and his parents Ellery and Michelle remained at his bedside most of the time.
One day, Rami’s nurse noticed that he had grown listless and was breathing rapidly. Rami had developed a serious, life-threatening intestinal infection.
The film includes follow up footage of the other two children, but Rami was just turning one year old as the film was being completed, so any residual effects, including some delayed motor skills, were just beginning to emerge. Rami received physical therapy as well as great parenting from Ellery and Michelle, and is thriving today (and is very, very smart and a talented pianist!).
Ellery speaks about being a father in the NICU:SEE CLIP FROM THE FILM