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People in DFW encouraged to wear Purple for Preemies

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Go Purple for Preemies week is Nov. 4th-10th in the DFW area. The March of Dimes is encouraging people to wear purple or even light their businesses purple to raise awareness about the problem of premature birth.

Premature birth, which is any birth where less than 37 weeks of gestation takes place, is the number one killer of newborns in the U.S. One in eight babies is born too soon each year in the DFW region, according to the March of Dimes.

March of Dimes' mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

Charmaine and George Tang visited FOX4 with their song, Tyler, who spent 11 days in a neonatal intensive care unit. He was born with clubbed feet and had lungs that were collapsing at birth.

The Tangs explained that Tyler is now a thriving seven-year-old because of the work of the March of Dimes and the help they received. They encouraged everyone to wear purple this upcoming week, to raise awareness for the cause.

Despite recent improvements, the U.S. still has the highest rate of pre term birth of any industrialized country, according to the March of Dimes.

For more information on the March of Dimes Prematurity Campaign, visit marchofdimes.com/prematurity

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