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Miracle Baby

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March for Babies takes place at Graham Memorial Park over the weekend

By The Staff

The 2011 March for Babies was held Saturday at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon, and Ambassador Baby Juliana Maria Diaz Wolford of Campbellsville was all smiles. Juliana was born 10 weeks premature on March 3, but was surprisingly healthy, despite weighing just 1 pound, 13.5 ounces. She was breathing on her own, but was put on a ventilator for one day. She remained on oxygen for five weeks. Aside from low birth weight, the only physical affect of Juliana being born premature was a hole in her heart, which, according to her mother, Ashley Contreras, closed on its own.

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"God is great," Contreras said. "To this day, she doesn't have any problems."

Juliana is now 7 months old and weighs 13.5 pounds.

Though she is still underweight, Juliana is behaving like most other 7-month-old babies.

"She can roll over, she can almost sit up on her own and she has two teeth," Contreras said. "She is just doing everything she is supposed to do."

Editor's note: James Roberts at The Central Kentucky News-Journal contributed to this story.