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The Dickinson Family

The Dickinson Family: "You probably saved my baby's life."

The old house in which India Dickinson and five of her children lived in historic Beaufort, S.C., was falling apart. There was shoddy electrical work, a faulty foundation, flood damage. India's baby, Sophia, was struggling to breathe since the first day home from the hospital. "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" called in IQAir's Clean Air Team to find a solution to a family's critical need for pure air to breathe. An IQAir Perfect 16® system transformed the new Dickinson home into a clean-air haven where baby Sophia's tiny lungs could breathe and grow. "You possibly saved my baby's life," said India. "Thank you IQAir."

IQAir system(s) selected by The Dickinson Family: Perfect 16, ParticleScan

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Last year, the old house in which India Dickinson and five of her children lived in historic Beaufort, S.C., was falling apart. There was shoddy electrical work, a faulty foundation, flood damage. The needed repairs were overwhelming. Even frightening.

The old Dickinson family home, top. Photo by Seth Herald/Bluffton Today.
And the new home, above. Photo by C. Heyman.

But it was the mold inside the house, between the walls, that scared India the most. The mold was growing and thriving like Spanish moss dangling from the trees in the yard.

India's baby, Sophia, was struggling to breathe since the first day home from the hospital a year before.

“It was very scary at night,” says India. “I would listen to her breathe in her crib. As her mom, I was afraid to sleep myself. I was wondering if she would stop breathing in the middle of the night.”

To make matters worse, India's husband Bill was stationed in Afghanistan with the U.S. Marines, unable to help from 7,000 miles away.

That was before ABC's hit show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” took notice of her situation and stepped in to coordinate the donation, design and construction of a new home for the family.

 India Dickinson shares an emotional moment with her baby, Sophia, and Ty Pennington of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” Photo by Paul Nurnberg.

And, as usual when air quality is an issue, “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” called in IQAir's Clean Air Team to find a solution to a family's critical need for pure air to breathe. The Clean Air Team designed an air purification solution that would turn the new Dickinson home into a haven where baby Sophia's tiny lungs could breathe and grow, free from mold and any other toxins in the air now and in the future.

The Clean Air Team specified not one but two IQAir Perfect 16 air purification systems for the home's heating and air conditioning system. The two systems clean 100 percent of the air in the Dickinson home.

The Clean Air Team was also on the scene to inspect the installation and performance, using hand-held IQAir electronic particle counters to verify the systems were emitting pure air and to ensure the new home was free of airborne mold, dust, bacteria and other threats to Sophia and the rest of the family.

Since moving into the home in January, Sophia's health has rebounded. The medications are gone, the breathing treatments are no longer necessary, and Sophia is filled with energy and is a constant source of amusement and delight.

“Sometimes we don't appreciate how great 'normal' is,” says India. “But Sophia is now a normal, thriving toddler ready to take on anything.

“It is obvious that our air purification system has made this tremendous difference in Sophia's health. It has changed our lives and we will be forever grateful for this gift," India says.

Perhaps best of all, mother and baby are both breathing better and sleeping better.

“Clean air has not only changed our lives, it has possibly saved my baby's life. How can you ever put into words how that feels?” she asks.

“I no longer get up five times a night to put my hand on her chest and make sure she is breathing.” she adds. “IQAir is a blessing. Thank you.”

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