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Right Family – Right Baby

After Shelia Cooper’s father awoke from a coma, he shared a story with his daughter that he was given a choice to come back or stay in a beautiful place surrounded by children. A few days after awakening, he told Shelia that he couldn’t wait to see the new baby. Shelia reminded him that this…

Hope for Unborn Babies with CDH

For Zach Tatum and his wife, Taylor, the excitement started before the ultrasound.The young couple, hailing from Travellers Rest, South Carolina, found out they were expecting their first baby in May 2017. Things moved quickly after that; making plans, going to checkups, Taylor going back to her teacher job when summer ended, and the gender…

Liz from Cuba

Cuban toddler finds help in Tampa

Prior to the birth of her daughter, Cuban native Katy Espronceda had never been to America. Katy’s daughter, three-year-old Liz, suffers from Arthrogryposis multiplex congenital (AMC), a condition describing a congenital joint contracture in two or more areas of the body. Born with her elbow joints fixed in a bent position, Liz could not bend…

Help for South American Family

A friendly and outgoing toddler who makes friends easily, Shana was born with bright red hair and brilliant blue eyes, unique for Ecuadorians. But her most distinctive feature comes from a rare congenital disorder.   Shana suffers from a malformation called ectrodactyly, commonly referred to as either split hands or lobster syndrome, a disorder so…

Smiling little girl, bald head from chemo

Choosing happiness

Adalyn “Addy” Wallace was three years old when her family found out about the tumor. It was October 2015, and her parents Jared and Melissa had transported Addy to a Sarasota hospital after finding blood in her stool. Initial tests came back negative, but the doctor felt a mass in Addy’s stomach and ordered a…