Harvard Mental Health Letter

The life-changing potential of neuroplasticity

A physician explores the brain's ability to compensate for injury by recounting his daughter's premature birth and early years.

Dr. Adam Wolfberg, a physician at Tufts Medical Center, specializes in high-risk pregnancies. Many of his patients give birth to premature babies. As a physician, Dr. Wolfberg knows a great deal about neonatal research and clinical care. As a father of a premature infant himself, he also understands the emotional roller coaster parents endure as they try to help a fragile infant reach its full potential.

In 2002, when his wife Kelly was about six-and-a-half months pregnant, she went into early labor. Soon afterward she gave birth to their daughter Larissa, who was born weighing a little under 2 pounds — at the very cusp of survival.

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