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Brooklyn Family In March Of Babies To Honor One Son, Remember Another

Rosemary Pineda-Gelb, Eric Gelb, 19-month-old Ethan Gelb (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

Rosemary Pineda-Gelb, Eric Gelb, 19-month-old Ethan Gelb (credit: Marla Diamond / WCBS 880)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - In WCBS 880 reporter Marla Diamond’s annual series on premature birth, we have the story of one family from Brooklyn that will be marching in Sunday’s March of Dimes March for Babies in honor of one son and in memory of another.

Rosemary Pineda-Gelb gave birth to twin boys 14 weeks early.

“It was heart-wrenching,” she told Diamond.

Ethan survived. Caleb did not.

“I was happy that he was here, but I was mourning a loss at the same time,” she said. “How are you happy and mourning at the same time? … then we’re worried about him.”

Ethan weighed just under two pounds at birth and spent 11 weeks in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Maimonides Medical Center.

“You’re never really out of the woods when you’re in the NICU. We made it to the last week where they said, ‘Okay, you might be going home. You might be going home.’ and then he had a setback,” father Eric said.

But against the odds, Ethan did very well and is now a healthy, feisty, and funny toddler who chuckles on command.

The Gelbs believe brother Caleb was their guardian angel.

They say that couldn’t have coped with their loss without the March of Dimes.

“We walk because wanted to give baby Caleb a voice,” Rosemary said.

Remember the March of Dimes’ March for Babies is this Sunday in Manhattan. You can join WCBS 880′s Pat Farnack and CBS2′s John Elliott. Click HERE for more information.