Stephen McInerney and his new suction aspiration unit, purchased by Suffolk Construction. (Owen O'Rourke)

Company steps up for infant

LYNN -- A not-so-Secret Santa gave a Lynn couple and their infant son the gift of confidence this Christmas.

Suffolk Construction purchased a suction aspiration unit, a medical device used to extract mucus and other bodily fluids, for Stephen McInerney and his parents after reading about Stephen's medical complications in a story in The Item in November.

Stephen, 11 months old, was born prematurely at 25 weeks. He needs the machine to help clear mucus from his trachea because he is unable to cough it up himself, said his mother, Lianne.

"It's so important because if the one that we already …

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