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Miracle Baby Katharine


Being told you would never conceive a child can be heartbreaking words any parent could ever hear.  So when Carrie was told she was pregnant with her daughter Katherine, over course she was over the moon!  At the first ultrasound, Carrie was told their baby had a hygroma and that the pregnancy would be terminated in a spontaneous abortion. Katharine’s parents were absolutely devastated. But, they refused to believe this would be their story. Every ultrasound they endured being urged the same thing. Then, at Katharine’s mom’s 20-week ultrasound, much to the doctor’s perplexity, the hygroma was gone. A cardiologist determined Katharine’s condition, Tetralogy of Fallot, a combination of four related heart defects that commonly occur together.

At 5 months old Katharine had her open heart surgery to repair her TOF, remove the stent and repair the artery. After a six and a half-month stay at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Katharine is home and finally off oxygen. She has a G/J-tube and is working on eating by mouth.

Katharine has a beloved little owl named Edna that she carries around everywhere and loves to dance, sing and laugh.  Help Nationwide Children’s Hospital make other kids like Katharine dance, sing and laugh by making a donation here.