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dustyn1Written by Angel Den Mom, Laura

Dustyn is the 3rd child to Katie and her husband, and though an unexpected pregnancy, they were thrilled. Her pregnancy was complicated towards the end, but she remained focused on doing all that was needed to ensure that Dustyn made a safe and healthy entrance to the world.

An ultrasound late in her pregnancy revealed that Dustyn and a very large cyst on his basil ganglia, which could be a sign of Down Syndrome. These cysts are known to go down, and upon obtaining a second opinion four weeks later, they received the great news that Dustyn’s had gone down. At this time, they thought they had cleared their largest hurdle. Little did they know, the journey had just begun.

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Written by Den Mother Laura

bridie1Bridie Gutteridge is a beautiful 4 year old girl full of happiness and spunk. Those who know her say she is a wonderful, average teenage girl. She cannot sit, walk, or do many things for herself, but does so much more than doctors said she would be  do. Bridie has overcome many challenges and her story is one of courage, determination and love.

Bridie was born on October 23, 2005.  She was the third child, and was adored by her older siblings Mollie and Mikey as well as the rest of her family.  She was a happy baby who grew and developed normally until she was about four months old, when Bridie’s mother Michelle noticed that she couldn’t hold her head up, had very low muscle tone and was unable to sit up without assistance.

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rebekah1Written by Angel Den Mom, Laura

Pamela and her husband Ken are very young parents to two wonderful children, and are just like most families in many ways. The one thing that makes them different from other families in their small town is something that others are not aware of until the family shares about it. Their daughter, Rebekah,who is now five years old, was diagnosed around 3 weeks of age with a very rare Fatty-Acid Oxidation Disorder called Medium Chain Acyl-CoA Dehydrogenase Deficiency. (MCADD).

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nikki1Written by Angel Den Mom, Laura

When Nikki was very young, she absolutely loved angels. She always chose angel-bear beanie babies, and collected angel figurines.One of her most favorite books was about Baby Angels. Her family found this incredibly fitting, though Nikki was not yet old enough to realize that her family knew she had her very own guardian angel.

Nikki was born on June 2nd, 1997 under the supervision of a midwife at a birthing center just as her older sister had been. Nikki’s birth was uncomplicated, and she came home with her family just a few hours later. The family had already had one beautiful, healthy little girl and were thrilled to welcome Nikki as their second.

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rebeccaWritten by Den Mom, Laura

Rebecca’s story begins when she came into this world on December 4th, 2005. Her parents couldn’t believe their eyes. She was a beautiful baby girl weighing in at 6 lbs 10 oz, and 21 inches long. Rebecca’smother Karin had a normal delivery with no complications. She checked to see if her precious baby girl had 10 fingers and 10 toes, and that her Apgar scores come back in the normal range, as all Parents do. They left the hospital after 2 days and brought their baby home to start a new chapter in their lives.

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lucas1Written by Angel Den Mom, Laura

Lucas was born on a Tuesday at 1:00 a.m Weighing 6 pounds 11 ounces, his parents were assured that this was an average weight however they were surprised that Lucas weighed 2 pounds less than their other 2 children at birth.Lucas was seen by the doctor on call  due to the fact that their pediatrician did not work at the hospital where he was delivered. Lucas’ mother Kelly and her husband mentioned that they were concerned that Lucas had not opened his eyes. They were told that some babies are just sleepier than others after delivery and there was no need to be concerned. Lucas’ parents mentioned to every medical professional that came into the room that he didn’t seem like their other two children but were told that all babies are different. Lucas and Kelly went home on Wednesday to meet his very excited 8 year old sister and 6 year old brother.

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maggie1Written by Angel Mom, Sarah

Maggie, our July Angel for 2009, has an important story! Her condition, Isovaleric Acidemia, also known as IVA, was detected at birth with newborn screening.Since that time, Maggie has had a great quality of life and no hospital visits! That is exceptional and represents the importance of comprehensive newborn screening for all newborns,and the wonderful care of her Mother and Father. Below, find Maggie’s story shared by her Mother, Kamala, as first presented to the BBAF Forum, along with a few follow-up questions since it was submitted:

“It’s odd to think that our 16-month old daughter already has a story to tell. Her life has only just begun, but what a whirlwind it has been. As a mother of three other children, I thought I had experienced just about everything. That was until the day we received a phone call from our pediatrician when Maggie was only 5 days old.Her Newborn Screening had come back with an abnormal result for Isovaleric Acidemia, or IVA. Our pediatrician struggled to explain the disorder, he had never heard of it.

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talon1Writen by Angel Mom, Laura

Talon was born January 24, 2006. He was full term and weighed 7 lbs 14.9 oz and was 20 3/4in. About a week after bringing Talon home from the hospital,his mother Tiffany began to feel like there was something going on in his tiny body that just was not right. She had no idea what the next 3 and a half years had in store for Talon and her family.

Talon was an extremely fussy infant who on some days would scream and cry for over 12 hours. At two weeks of age his pediatrician prescribed Zantac and assured his family that he just had reflux and would be fine. Tiffany was not comfortable giving him Zantac and can still remember the face he would make every time she gave it to him. On the medication,he continued to scream and fuss and began projectile vomiting every time he nursed.Tiffany became housebound and had no visitors. She addressed these issues at every well baby check and the pediatrician never expressed any concern.

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ben1Written by Angel Mom, Laura

Ben was born on May 8, 2009 .Full term, he weighed a healthy eight pounds, two ounces. Ben is the third of three boys. His older brother Will is four years old and Stevie is three. He was the largest of all his siblings at birth.The first few days after Ben’s birth came easily to his mother Rosemary. She was very self confident since she had already had two children and expected that number three would be smooth sailing. Ben’s first doctor’s appointment went very well. Rosemary left  the appointment with no worries. Rosemary received a call from Ben’s pediatrician two days later that would change their lives forever.

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cassidy1Written by Angel Mom, Sarah

Mother Teresa once said, “I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle, I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.” I sometimes feel this exact way. Being the Mother of Lily has taught me so much about myself and strengthened me in many ways. However, I certainly have my days where I think God was “kidding himself” when he appointed me as her Mother. “How can I possibly be everything she needs?”, is the question I often ask myself. I can break into tears when she’s merely going to the lab to get a blood draw, and we’re not even to the office yet! It’s painful to watch her approach daily life sometimes, with the unplanned complexity of hospital stays, doctors, nurses, therapists, surgeries; the many things that come with caring for a child with a disability and metabolic disorder.

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