South Eastern Division Announces the McLamb Family as their 2013 Ambassador Family
Wilmington, North Carolina, February 20, 2013
The South Eastern Division of March of Dimes is proud to announce Austin, Currin, Lee (age 2 ½) and the McLamb family of Wilmington as the 2013 Wilmington March for Babies Ambassador family.
Elizabeth and Jon McLamb had no idea what was in store for them when they found out they were pregnant with their second child. Much less, that their attempt to add a sibling for their older daughter would lead to three little brothers! Although Elizabeth experienced a healthy, full-term pregnancy with their daughter Lilly, her journey with identical triplets proved to be more challenging.
At 23 weeks, Elizabeth began experiencing complications. "Ultrasounds began to show that one of the babies was beginning to grow a slower rate than the other two babies," stated Jon, Father to Austin, Currin, Lee and Lilly. Elizabeth was put on modified bed rest until 28 weeks when she began to show signs of early labor. For the next month, Elizabeth was in and out of the hospital as doctors tried to stop labor so the babies could grow as much as possible.
The doctors found when Elizabeth we 32 weeks, that she had developed HELLP syndrome, a serious form of preeclampsia. For her health and the babies’ health, delivery was imminent. Austin Thomas, Currin William, and Lee Hamilton were born on July 14, 2010. They were a little more than 4 lbs. The triplets were all born very healthy and only Lee needed assistance breathing at birth. Lee eventually experienced complications post surgical procedures and spent more than 3 months in the NICU at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. "We are fortunate that our hospital has such a wonderful staff and resources available and that he did not need to be transferred away from his family," stated Jon. He went on to say, "They are now 2.5 years old and as healthy and amazing as they can be."
“Our family was very fortunate to have the prenatal care and neonatal support we had for Austin, Currin, and Lee. The March of Dimes led many of the advances we benefited from, and we want that to give back by raising awareness and funding important research so that others can share the benefits,” stated Jon.
The McLamb triplets can also be seen on HBO’s Eastbound and Down, an American comedy television starring Danny McBride as Kenny Powers, a former professional baseball pitcher, who after an up and down career in the major leagues is forced to return to his hometown middle-school in Shelby, North Carolina, as a substitute physical education teacher. Austin, Currin, and Lee share the role of Kenny Powers’ only son Toby.As Ambassadors, the McLamb family will speak at local and regional meetings, explaining how the March of Dimes has benefited them and encouraging others to join the cause. The March of Dimes walk is Saturday, April 6, 2013 at Hugh MacRae Park in Wilmington. More information is available at marchforbabies.org.
“We would like to thank the March of Dimes for everything they did to make our story possible,” stated Jon. “Please help the next generation of stronger, healthier babies by supporting the March of Dimes!”
Pictured: The McLamb triplets seen here with their older sister, Lilly and their parents, Jon and Elizabeth.