Health knowledge made personal
My name is Adam Freeman and I am the proud father of Kayleigh Freeman who was born at 28 weeks, but was diagnosed early on with severe IUGR (Intrauterine Growth Restriction) and was delieverd via emergency c-section (due to preeclampsia) the size of a 22 week old little girl. She weighed an amazing 1 pound - 1 ounce and defied all the odds against her to survive through the pregnancy and after birth.
We created a blog (www.KayleighAnneFreeman.blogspot.com) to share with family and friends, but the blog spread to all corners of the earth which for many months, the blog started to bring 50,000+ people to the site monthly. The blog has not only captured beautiful memories of our family's journey, but it has been a helping tool for other famiies in similar situations and it showed thousands the power of faith, hope and love.
Kayleigh's journey began and with many obstacles in her way, but she proved to the world that she was a fighter. Kayleigh was born with pulmonary hypertension and a heart defect that amazingly kept her alive. With the pressures building up in her heart and lungs, the VSD (Ventricular Septal Defect/Hole in her heart) was an outlet to relieve the pressure and save Kayleigh's life. When Kayleigh started to outgrow her VSD, which then threatened her life, the doctors decided to perform open heart surgery to repair the VSD. She was only 3 pounds and one of the smallest babies to ever undergo the procedure.
With that being her major hurdle, Kayleigh came through with flying colors. She fought many battles, undergoing 4 major surgeries including Open Heart, Tracheostomy, Gastrointestinal, and Retinopathy of Prematurity/Eye Surgery, and over several hundred procedures in between, she beat the odds every single time. After ten months and the 5th surgery to place a feeding tube in her tummy, Nissen Fundoplication and a Bilateral Hernia Repair to finally make that triumphant journey home to her beautiful pink and brown room, God had different plans and felt it was time to bring her home to Heaven.
Through her blog, she touched the world and helped many families grow in their faith and build strength that they never thought they had. She found her way through national television news and even the talk show "The Doctors." We as parents are so blessed that God gave Kayleigh to us. Even though we shared such a short time with her, she has taught us more in ten months than we have ever learned in a lifetime. She was a gift from Heaven and she will always be known as the "One Pound Miracle from God."
Adam & Aimee Freeman