Milwaukee’s infant mortality numbers improve but the racial disparity is still wide


By Crocker Stephenson
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
May 21, 2017

In the summer of 2014, the year 85 babies died in Milwaukee in the first year of their lives, Tonda Thompson had a dream.

Tonda’s own baby, Terrell, had died the year before, 17 hours after he was born. He was one of 113 babies who died in the city in 2013.

Terrell’s death broke loose an embolism of pain that, as it coursed through her life, destroyed her marriage, derailed her career and drove her into a depression so deep that it seemed to her to have no bottom.

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