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The Packard family, from left to right Nicole, Ronan, Nadira, Erik and Wolfgang, has had a rough year. Their son Ronan was born with a hole in his diaphragm requiring surgery at just a few days old. The family has recieved a huge outpouring of support from community though.

Boy was in a fight for his life from the very beginning

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It's hard to imagine anything could be considered worse than the horrors of war. But for Erik Parkard watching his newborn son, Ronan, fight for his life trumped what he experienced during two tours in Iraq.


Erik and his wife, Nicole, are the proud parents of 5-year-old Nadira and twin 7-month old boys Ronan and Wolfgang.

The twins were born Nov. 15, 2010 via emergency c-section because doctors determined that Wolfgang was in distress.

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Emily Zimmer
Emily Zimmer has worked as a staff writer for the Rosemount Town Pages since 2007. She has a degree in journalism from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Outside of work, Emily enjoys running, reading and gardening. You can follow Emily's gardening adventures at the Areavoices blog East of Weedin'
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