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Published April 25 2010

Benefit scheduled for West Fargo preemie

A benefit is scheduled this week for Fargo-Moorhead’s first baby of 2010, who remains in MeritCare Hospital’s neonatal intensive-care unit in Fargo.

The benefit for Andrew Skalicky and his family is from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 1005 1st St. E. in West Fargo. The event includes a silent auction and dinner.

Just 12 hours after West Fargo resident Cassie Skalicky gave birth to twins on New Year’s Day, more than four months prematurely, one of the babies, Natalie, died. She weighed 1 pound, 3 ounces. Her twin, Andrew, was born weighing 1 pound, 8 ounces and remains hospitalized in the Fargo NICU.