Amelia's Story

The Blue Springs, Mo., couple's first child, Amelia, was born with multiple birth defects on July 1, 2017, at Overland Park Medical Center. The most life-threatening issue she faced was a tracheal esophageal fistula with esophageal atresia, which, in laymen's terms, means an abnormal connection between the esophagus and the windpipe, or trachea. Unable to ingest breast milk, Amelia was also at high risk for pneumonia due to stomach fluids migrating into her lungs. » Read more

Florine’s Story

Ann Schutzman was excited to find out the sex of her first born at 19 weeks. However, when that routine ultrasound indicated a defect in the wall of the baby girl’s abdomen, a condition called gastroschisis, that sense of excitement quickly turned to fear and anxiety. » Read more

Sarah's Story

Sarah Hammontree was shocked to find out she was pregnant. “I have a long history of surgeries to remove fibroid tumors from my uterus,” Hammontree said. “After my last surgery in 2016, I wasn't sure I even wanted to try to get pregnant. There was a moment of joy for sure but then it followed with terror.” The second shockwave came during her first ultrasound. “Then, I was told I was having twins,” Hammontree said. » Read more