Baby Mercy's Family Fund
But, she’s a fighter.
She was a wiggle worm all throughout Amy's pregnancy, and that fight came out as she worked hard to breathe in those first few minutes…the minutes that seemed like hours to a mama lying on the sidelines, shaking from the medication, praying over and over that her little girl would cry.
But she didn’t.
So, the doctors and nurses whisked her away to NICU to be intubated and assess her condition.
Mercy was born with a cleft palate and a recessed chin (micrognathia). The specific condition is known as Pierre Robin Sequence. In her case, her tongue was blocking her airway and intubating her proved to be very difficult.
The day after she was born, the NICU doctor came up to speak to Ty and Amy about the situation and his grave concern that this feisty little girl would pull the tube out herself and the doctors and nurses would not be able to get it back in. He felt she needed a jaw distraction surgery (mandibular distraction), and she needed it immediately. So, while Amy was left behind to recover from the c-section, Ty quickly packed and boarded a jet plane with Mercy and a medical flight team headed for Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
At 5 days old, Mercy went into surgery for her jaw. This surgery involved breaking Mercy's jaw, and putting hardware into the jaw with rods sticking out from behind her ears that are turned twice a day with a screwdriver-type instrument in order to lengthen her jaw and allow for the tongue to come forward and no longer fall back into her airway. It was a success!
Mercy will continue to need medical care throughout the course of the next year, creating a financial need for her family in the way of food, gas, lodging, and care for her siblings and mom and dad. Her family is extremely grateful for the generosity of friends and family via this fundraiser. Thank you!