|I was born 2 months premature at "Israel Zion Hospital" on june 14, 1939. My birth weight was 3 lbs., but continued to lose weight, and at 1 1/2 lbs. my parents were advised that my survival chances were quite slim, however, The New York World's Fair in Flushing, NY had an exhibit of Preemies, cared for by Dr. Martin Couney and that with my parents' permission, i would be transported by special ambulance to the "fair". Needless to say, my folks didn't want their newborn on exhibit...but the hospital staff explained that the special incubators and round the clock care led by Dr. Couney's daughter, his head nurse, Hildegard Couney, my survival chances would be greatly increased. They finally and reluctantly agreed and I spent 2 months at the 1939 Worlds Fair being fed one drop at a time from specially designed spoons, and milk provided by wet nurses. my parents were provided free passes to visit their baby every day until i was strong enough to leave the "Fair" and my incubator in late August. Clearly, i was very lucky to have my birthday coincide with a world's fair exhibit of "preemies", and thank your hospital for facilitating my transfer! I am well, strong, happy and healthy and have been all my life. I'm the mom to 4 adult children and 6 beautiful grandchildren who would not have been here, had I not survived! I'm forever grateful to Dr. Couney and his expertise with preemies, along with your hospital for recognizing neo-natal limitations at that time and providing this alternative to my family at the time of my birth. A most grateful little patient! my address at the time of my birth was 1536-56 Street , Brooklyn, NY 11219
-- Judith Ann (Schwartz) Minsky
p.s. I do have some wonderful documentation from the Worlds Fair.