My sister, Katie, and brother-in-law, Bryan, have spent the past several years praying for the opportunity to become parents. After 9,000 miles driven, over 200 hours spent in the car, and countless injections, they were over the moon to announce that Baby McHenry would join our family this October after undergoing a long infertility struggle and becoming pregnant through IVF.
On October 12, 2017, Baby Killian Patrick McHenry (Kip) made his debut in the world, overjoying our family with his arrival. However, that happiness was short-lived as doctors quickly realized that his heart had not formed correctly and he was in medical danger.
Baby Killian was immediately life-flighted to Duke Children's Medical Center the day after he was born. His doctors have since discovered that Kip has several very severe diagnoses which include: variation of hypoplastic left heart syndrome, severe mitral stenosis, severe aortic stenosis, and moderately restrictive atrial septum. Within his first year of life, Kip will be having multiple open-heart surgeries as his doctors proceed with a procedure called a Norwood with Sano modification.
While we are thankful for the amazing team of doctors, nurses, and surgeons at Duke, having Killian in their care has placed an enormous financial burden on my sister and her husband as their primary residence is over 3 hours away. Killian will be required to stay in the hospital for care for many months as he recovers from these difficult procedures. Our family would certainly appreciate anything you may be able to donate to help alleviate the financial stress they will undergo while Killian is receiving medical care.
Katie and Bryan chose the name Killian since it means "strong and fierce little warrior." Killian fought to come into the world and now has another battle to fight just days after his birth. We know that God gives the greatest battles to His strongest soldiers and we pray that Killian will overcome.
Thank you for your kind words, prayers, and support. Our family appreciates your generosity more than words could ever express.
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