When she was 30 weeks pregnant, Shauna went into premature labor and was put on strict bedrest. Five days later, she gave birth to Kamryn via emergency C-section. Born 10 weeks early, "Kami" was soon diagnosed with periventricular leukomalacia, which is a brain injury found in infants -- particularly in premature babies.
After being in the NICU at UMMC (almost two hours from their home) for the longest two months ever, Kami was able to come home.
Kami had her first seizure when she was nine-months-old. She was diagnosed with epilepsy. A short time later, she was further diagnosed with spastic quad cerebral palsy, cortical visual impairment, torticollis and asthma. Kami is now four-years-old and has a contagious smile. She is full of life and teaches everyone what life is really all about!
Kami and her family are this year's March for Babies Ambassadors for Suburban Maryland. You can meet Team Grimes at the Southern Maryland March for Babies at Regency Furniture Stadium, which is the home of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs baseball team. They invite everyone to join March for Babies so that moms can have healthy, full-term pregnancies. Register for a walk near you at marchforbabies.org. A few of them are at baseball parks!