Friday, May 30, 2014

Lowell's Team Shelby

Shelby Grace Forrest – 3 Month Premature
1 Lb. 10 Ounces
(close up picture wearing Daddy’s wedding band as a bracelet and holding a dime)

Shelby Grace Forrest (My Great Niece) was born June 16, 2005 at 3 month premature weighing only 1 lb. 10 ounces.  For some unknown reason, she was in great distress while in utero and at the recommendation of the obstetrician she was delivered via emergency procedure.  She spent three months in the NICU at UNC Chapel Hill.  At one month in age and 2 lbs. in weight, Shelby underwent heart surgery to close an open valve.  She received a metal clamp, which remains in her body today, to close the valve.  The Physicians accessed her heart by entering through her back, deflating her left lung, placing the clamp on the valve, then re-inflating the lung.

Presently Shelby is an active 2nd Grade student who enjoys Karate, Gymnastics and Ballet.  She is an instinctive fighter who will soon be celebrating her 9th Birthday.

Team Shelby started 5 years ago when I got involved with the March of Dimes through the Charitable Committee at work.  I did a lot of research on the organization and all the wonderful things they do to help bring healthy children into this world and I found myself committed to their cause.  The March of Dimes is an outstanding organization and I am proud to be a part of it and equally proud to participate in the Lowell March for Babies each year.  With the help of this organization many other babies will overcome the odds and celebrate their 9th Birthday just like Shelby has.  March of Dimes is truly the “Champion for Babies”

Susan M. Perusse
Team Captain
Team Shelby

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