Annie M.

Condition: Premature Birth, Growth Restricted
City, State: Bend, OR
Club: Mountain View High School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 2/20/2015

Annie's Story:

Annie is a beautiful, blue eyed 1 year old baby girl. She loves to smile and is an overall very happy baby! She is a miracle child. When Stacie was pregnant with Annie doctors noticed that her growth was getting progressively slower and slower. After continual tests, blood labs and a few initial diagnosis’, Stacie was placed on bed rest. There still was no official diagnosis for her baby though.

At seven months into Stacie’s pregnancy, Annie was moving around far less than she was previously. Stacie was then admitted to the hospital because her blood pressure was spiking. She eventually stayed overnight and doctors were still unable to get her blood pressure down. At 10am the next morning, the doctor came into Stacie’s room and said, “You’re having a baby today.” Annie was born weighing in at 2 pounds and 13 ounces; she had been severely growth restricted. Annie stayed in the NICU for 67 days.

Annie was then diagnosed with severe acid reflux and never had the desire to take a bottle. Dan and Stacie then took Annie to a special surgeon in Eugene to have a feed port put in and to have a Nissen Fundoplication surgery performed, which is where the upper curve of the stomach is wrapped around the esophagus and sewn into place so that the lower portion of the esophagus passes through a small tunnel of stomach muscle.

When she was first brought home, Annie had 1 to 2 appointments a day, forcing Stacie to quit her job to take care of her. Annie now feeds four times a day for an hour each time and is on a slow feed for 12 hours at night. She started physical therapy to help her catch up developmentally. At just 1 year old, she just recently started rolling over.

Although Annie’s life has been a tough one, she is full of happiness and love. She loves her dog, Daisy, and to be a wild child!

Annie will be adopted as a Sparrow to Mt. View High School in Bend. Students will work hard to raise money for Annie through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.


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