Tuesday, October 31, 2000

Tiny Ashlee tipped the scales at only 1 pound, 6.9 ounces and was a mere 11 inches long at birth. She was born at the Children's Methodist Hospital in Omaha, Neb.

Jen's pregnancy was going well until August, when she began experiencing high blood pressure and fluid retention. Her condition hadn't improved and on Sept. 17, she was admitted to Buena Vista County Hospital.

Within six hours, Jen's condition had deteriorated to the point where vital organs were beginning to shut down and her blood pressure was skyrocketing. Within the hour, she was transported to Omaha.

Children's Methodist Hospital put her on magnesium, a drug which can control the blood pressure and give the baby more time to develop. For one week the medication was effective, but Jen was beginning to once again show signs of her body shutting down. At 3:23 p.m. on Sept. 22, the Sammons daughter, Ashlee, was born.

Read the rest of this article in the 10/28 Pilot Tribune.

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