History

The Little Rock Foundation was formed in 1997 after the birth of our son Rocco who was born four months premature. He weighed 1 1/2 pounds at birth. He was so under developed that many of his organs developed after he was born. Try to imagine a child the size of a ruler, with a head smaller than a baseball. Rocco's skin was so transparent that touching it could actually remove it. His body had to be covered with saran wrap to help maintain his body temperature. His chance of survival was less than 5%. He was so close to death that his parents took it minute by minute, hour by hour, not day by day. Our painful ordeal continued for four months at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Rocco has endured twelve major surgeries, 72 blood transfusions and has beaten the odds against him.  "A miracle child", is how the hospital staff refers to him now. Remarkably, his only lasting challenge is blindness caused by Retinopathy of Prematurity.