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That was a major milestone that day for the micro preemie. She was born at 24 weeks at 2 pound 6 ounces. Mom, Marnie could not hold her for the first five weeks of her life. This is her actual hand print your thumb was the size of her actual hands.
And today Piper Gruen is playing. A bustling, beautiful three year old.
“We were really up against some incredible odds and as you can see she's beat almost all of them I think she’s incredible,” said Mrs. Gruen.
The Bellevue girl has also surpassed all of her milestones and more!
Piper has had physical and occupational and speech therapy and just when they turn 3 they tested and she's tested out of all of them, she's amazing, she's really amazing.
Dad, Phillip remembers that feeling Thanksgiving week three years ago... when the day finally came to bring little Piper home.
“When they hand a child to you that's right over four pounds and say have a good time it's good,” said Mr. Gruen. “Like she if you can't describe it was so tiny. I mean I could hold her in my hand not like a normal baby. It’s like super tiny.”
The Gruen's had Piper after years of infertility and the loss of preterm twins.
“I'm thankful she got a chance and I'm thankful that she's in our lives. She's absolutely wonderful and now she has a little sister so we're thankful for her too,” said Mrs. Gruen.
“You come out and you're stronger and you appreciate what you have because it took a lot to get it,” Mr. Gruen.
Today, they love her tenacity and her independence though sometimes, she does need a little help.
“Yeah fix my dress, there you go that's what I’m thankful for more than anything in the world right there,” added Mr. Gruen.
The Gruen's want to give back to the March of Dimes for all it did to help them in their time of need. They are holding a fundraiser at the Nashville Dance Center where your little one can meet a favorite princess or even a knight. It will be December 2nd from three to five.
Friday, November 23 2012, 01:13 AM CST
Haslam's chief deputy Claude Ramsey to retire
June 19, 2013 16:41 GMT
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Gov. Bill Haslam says chief deputy Claude Ramsey is retiring at the end of August to spend more time with his family in Chattanooga.
The Republican governor said in a news release on Wednesday that the 70-year-old Ramsey has been integral to his administration on key initiatives that include civil service reform, economic development efforts, workforce development training and improved operation of state government.
Ramsey was elected to the General Assembly in 1972 where he served four years in the House. He was Hamilton County's mayor for 16 years.
His last day on the job is August 31.
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