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Mary Ellen Avery, 84; found key factor to save preemies

DR. MARY ELLEN AVERY DR. MARY ELLEN AVERY
By Bryan Marquard
Globe Staff / January 11, 2012
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While on a fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health in the late 1950s, Dr. Mary Ellen Avery was puzzled by why many premature babies struggled to breathe, their tiny lungs unable to inflate again after they exhaled.

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