EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSWV Center For Drug-Exposed Infants Faces Hurdle
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Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Bethany Simmons
Reported: Aug. 13, 2013 11:01 AM EDT
Morgantown , West Virginia
More than 250 "cuddlers" have volunteered to comfort newborns going through withdrawal when a unique, independent treatment center opens this fall in southern West Virginia.
Lily's Place in Huntington plans to wean infants off drugs outside a hospital setting while also helping their addicted moms.
Donations arrive every day. But good intentions don't always pay the bills.
The founder of a slightly different newborn treatment program in Washington state worries whether Lily's Place will find a stable source of funding to survive long term.
Lily's Place co-founders Mary Brown and Sara Murray believe it will work. They say it has to: The need is too great.
At Cabell-Huntington Hospital, one in 13 babies is born drug-exposed.
Some days, 70 percent of the neonatal intensive care unit beds are filled.
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