PLEASE READ !! Trish is amazing !
Trish was born Dec. 10, 1986 weighing barely 2 lbs. She was nearly full-term and had stopped growing when I was 3 months pregnant. We knew the whole time we were expecting her that she was in trouble. We lived in Houston at the time and were sent to specialist after specialist. No one could figure out what was happening and warned us she would probably die before she was born. I went to the doctor nearly every day just to make sure her heart was still beating. When her lungs were fully developed labor was induced to get her out. She got stressed and was taken by emergency C-section. She had several complications including a cleft palate and breathing difficulties. She was transported to another hospital after being worked on by a team of doctors and nurses for 4 hrs. She spent 3 months in the NICU, came home for one week and was back in hospital. This process was repeated several times. Long story short, she spent nearly 7 yrs. in and out of hospitals and had a total of 12 surgeries. We said our goodbyes multiple times. We were told she wouldn't live 5 minutes or 5 hours or five days let alone ever celebrate a birthday. Then, we were told she would never walk or talk or see or hear. After numerous doctors and specialists we never did learn why she didn't grow. She never did grow and took growth hormone injections every day for 15 years to help her grow even though her growth hormone was not abnormally low. At 2 years old she only weighed 10 lbs. She had a feeding tube and several issues to deal with. But, after years of therapy, shear determination, and provoking by her brothers, she did learn to walk and she began to hear and she began to talk and she began to see. She is a true miracle!!! Today, she is 4'10" tall and weighs 92 lbs. She only sees 20/40 even with thick glasses and has no peripheral vision or depth perception. She runs track at Special Olympics. She lives for country music and sings like an angel! She has the IQ of a third grader and the social skills of perpetual 14year old teenage girl. She is loving and caring and nurturing and energetic. She dotes over her dog, Betsy, and she loves her family