06/24/2010 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Dr. Sean Daneshmand, CNN Hero, Helps Families With Sick Children

Dr. Sean Daneshmand, through his nonprofit Miracle Babies, provides financial assistance to families who have given birth to high-risk babies. After his own wife was threatened with a pregnancy that required intensive care, Daneshmand started the organization with the goal of providing aid to families whose thoughts were consumed with that of the health of their newborns.

Daneshmand told CNN that a parent shouldn't have "to worry about everything around them" when a medical emergency is present. "I mean, life doesn't stop. You still have to make your mortgage payments,"

Daneshmand was recently profiled as a CNN Hero, a member of CNN's continuing series, highlighting people around the world who are making extraordinary impacts in their communities.


An obstetrician specializing in high-risk pregnancies since 2002, Daneshmand had watched families struggle to cope with the financial pressures of having a child in the NICU. But in 2004, his wife had complications with her pregnancy that threatened both her and her unborn child.

Though Daneshmand had the medical knowledge, support and financial stability to delay a very premature birth -- his daughter was ultimately born six weeks early -- the experience shook him and gave him a new perspective of what his patients go through.