When Robbin Wing was 20-weeks pregnant, she was put on bed rest. Her amniotic fluid was low, so doctors wanted to proceed with caution. But, at 34-weeks, Robbin went into labor to deliver her third child, a baby girl named Ryann. Robbin had no warning that her NICU baby would have a troubling diagnosis.
"I cried when I heard," Robbin says. "I didn't get to see her right away, but when I did it all sank in that we had many challenges ahead of us."
Baby Ryann was diagnosed with a chromosome syndrome, which greatly impacts growth, development and muscle tone. Along with a cleft palate, she doesn't have the strength to suck or swallow the milk she needs to grow, so Ryann was put on a feeding tube.
"Her tiny body also requires oxygen, but I will tell you, she bounces back very quickly," Robbin exclaims.
Despite having more than a dozen medical specialists, in home nursing and an upcoming surgery for a facial defect, Robbin describes her daughter as the family's bright light.
"Our family may be going through so much, but we all have each other and Ryann is our reason to smile."
Now 9-months, Ryann continues to need around-the-clock care and specialized medical attention. Funds raised through the 26 Shirts campaign for Baby Ryann will greatly help with necessary medical equipment and the medical bills that continue to "pile up", according to Robbin.
"I am shocked, and also humbled that Del and his team would think of our family...our baby...and choose us," Robbin adds. "With her upcoming facial surgery, this is coming at the perfect time."
Baby Ryann's shirt launched 12/7/20 and closes out 12/20/20.
This story is written by Kate Glaser and provided in partnership with Hope Rises: https://www.facebook.com/hoperisesnews