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My son, Max, was born at 36 weeks in the high altitude atmosphere of Vail, Colorado. We left the Vail Valley Medical Center with a prescription for oxygen as his O2 sats were below normal. Our home is at about 8500 feet up and although it’s normal for children at this altitude to go home with oxygen, it didn’t make our concern or frustration lessen. Max ended up on oxygen for 4 months. Every time we moved him, the oxygen came along for the ride. When leaving the house, it was as if we were toting another child with us. To make sure he was able to breathe easy, we would’ve done anything and everything for him, but the oxygen was definitely a burden. Had we been introduced to the Busy Breathers backpack, I am sure the burden would’ve been drastically decreased and would’ve allowed us to travel much more effortlessly. — Recommended by Trista Sutters

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The story behind the Busy Breathers oxygen backpack:


When my son was born three months premature, his lungs were severely underdeveloped. After he spent four months in the neonatal intensive care unit, I was very excited to finally get my little boy home. This happiness however was overshadowed by fear about my baby being on oxygen 24 hours a day for at least the next year if not longer. Along with this fear was my frustration of having to carry a purse, diaper bag, bottles, oxygen bag-along with my baby and equipment. I knew there had to be a better system to carry all of these items but I could find nothing available. Because of this frustration, I decided to design my own oxygen backpack so I would only have to carry one organized system. My backpack made my life a lot easier, especially since my son and I were on the go almost every day. I knew that this backpack would help mothers that have children on oxygen, as well as others that have to be on oxygen, get back to their busy lifestyle with more ease and efficiency.
Michelle Staley- Founder & CEO

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