After AOL chief's remark about costs, NICU mom shares her story

02/12/2014 | Slate

In response to comments from the chief executive of AOL about the million-dollar cost of health care for two babies born to company employees, Deanna Fei writes about her experiences as the mother of a daughter who spent three months in the NICU and is doing well at age 1. The girl weighed 1 pound, 9 ounces and along the way suffered a brain hemorrhage and a collapsed right lung. "And over the next weeks, she fought for every minute of her young life, as did her doctors and nurses, and we could only strive to do the same," Fei writes. While Fei isn't sure of the total costs of her daughter's care, the million-dollar figure cited by AOL's CEO, who later apologized for his remarks, didn't seem outside the ballpark given the three-inch folder of hospital bills she kept.

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