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Posted on: June 7th, 2017

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County Newsletter, June 2017

At 30 weeks’ gestation, a local family learned that their little princess had a life-threatening condition called Hydrops, severe edema (swelling) in the fetus, and the prognosis did not look good.
With fluid surrounding all of “Lauren’s” major organs, the doctors told her parents to prepare for the worst as there is only a 20 percent survival rate for babies with Hydrops.

After much discussion with doctors and other specialists, they all decided that their daughter’s odds of surviving were better if they delivered immediately. None of her doctors had ever seen a baby with Hydrops survive.
Lauren was transferred to the NICU where she endured intubation, a blood transfusion, countless medications and a post-delivery diagnosis of Down syndrome, which presented an entirely new set of challenges. No one was optimistic.
Except, no one was quite aware they were dealing with a true fighter.

After 12 weeks of being in the NICU, Lauren beat every odd and she was coming home.
Brighton Center worked with Lauren for three years and has helped her learn to walk, use sign language as she develops her speech, transition her from gastrostomy tube feeding to real table food, and even helped her get specialized services from their local school.

When hope is lost, Brighton is a beacon.

Brighton Center, a United Way nonprofit partner, provides family and community education and developmental services to children with disabilities or delays empowering them to achieve their individual potential making them successful in every community. Brighton Center sets a strong foundation for children of all abilities through early childhood intervention, early childhood education and special education support.

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