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Published September 15 2012

Fargo twins representing North Dakota for Children’s Miracle Network

FARGO – To say Jack and Joe Gould faced an uphill battle is a bit of an understatement.

The 6-year-old Fargo twins, who are the 2012 North Dakota Children’s Miracle Network Champions, were born at only 27½ weeks.

Their mother, Sarah Gould, had been diagnosed with a rare disorder that affected their blood flow and threatened their lives, and the boys were born weighing between just 2 and 3 pounds.

But after undergoing three months’ worth of care at the Sanford Children’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the boys were able to go home, according to Sanford’s release.

Now, representing the Fargo Sanford Children’s Hospital as the North Dakota CMN Champions, the boys will spend the next week in Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Fla., where they’ll share their story with media and state and federal officials.

The twins will also be honored at a medal ceremony, and have time to visit Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

The Gould family was not available for comment on Saturday. They were scheduled to depart Hector International Airport at 11 a.m. today for Washington, D.C.

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