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(Photo taken by Dr. David A. Smith, M.D.)

This a post-operative photo of Decklin showing his rubber drain and motor oil-like meconium draining out of his abdominal wall incision. Surgery was performed at the bedside, in the incubator, just like Miss Allie. The story that is now called Julie and Monica: Hope Behind the Tears was written many years before Decklin was born, but described his condition, surgery, and outcome exactly. Through the years there have been many Allison’s and Decklin’s. The original short story that became Julie and Monica was originally titled “Preemies.”