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Early arrival creates problems

TICONDEROGA - A son, Joseph Patrick Vilardo, born to Joseph and Alicia Vilardo of Ticonderoga at the Vermont Children's Hospital in Burlington,Vt.

It reads like most birth announcements, but the arrival of Joseph Patrick Vilardo was anything but routine.

What started out as a normal pregnancy for Alicia at 25 weeks quickly became a roller coaster ride that would last the next 14 weeks.

On Jan. 23 Alicia started to have severe pain and called the doctor. The doctor suggested waiting an hour or two and see if the pain subsided, but soon after her discussion with the doctor Alicia new it was not a time to wait and see.

Joseph made calls to their family and at around 10 that night Joseph, Alicia and Alice (Joseph's mother) where on their way to Porter Medical Center, Middlebury,Vt. The young couple was thankful to have Alice along who is a trained nurse.

The Vilardo couple already had a 3-year-old daughter, Ella, who stayed at home with Alicia's mother, Peggy Armstrong.

Once at the Porter Medical Center, Alicia was examined and it was determined she would need to be transported to the Vermont Children's Hospital in Burlington, where they have a neonatal intensive care unit. The couple waited at Porter Medical about two hours for an ambulance that could transport them safely to Burlington.

Upon arrival at the Burlington hospital Alicia was rushed into a delivery room where hospital staff began to monitor and start ultrasounds to find Alicia needed to be prepped for an emergency caesarean birth.

"There were a lot of people in the delivery room" Alicia recalled. "Mainly for the baby and to be on hand when he was born."

Joseph Patrick came into the world a mere 1 pound, 11 ounces and 14 inches long.

He was put on a ventilator and placed in an incubator in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

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