She's showing some personality or "a tude" according to the nurses. She pulled out her feeding tube. It's back in, for now, at least.

Saphira Smith Saphira Rose Smith

First post: May 27, 2017 Latest post: Jul 21, 2017
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using this site to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement.

As several of you know, my youngest daughter, Naomi Crumbley, delivered her daughter, Saphira Rose, on May 23, 2017. Naomi learned the day before she went into labor that Saphira's, upper and lower intestines and her liver were outside of her body, a condition called Gastoschisis.  When Saphira was delivered the following afternoon,  she was not breathing on her own, there was meconium (her first stool) in the amniotic fluid, and the task of putting her organs inside her little belly. She was intubated and taken to surgery shortly after. She is expected to be in the hospital NICU for approximately one month, however the doctor (and the family) is hopeful she will be home one to two weeks earlier.

It is crucial for Naomi and Dakota, Saphira's daddy, to be with her to support and enhance the healing process. Touch therapy from the parents helps increase oxygen levels, regulates body temperature, reduces stress, and promotes overall improvement in the vital signs of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit. Of course, it also gives both parents some peace of mind to be with their child. During this time, there will be little to no income as Naomi will be with Saphira at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies and, due to the distance to and from the hospital, it will be cost prohibitive for Dakota to back and forth to work. As a mother, I want my granddaughter to have her father's presence and my baby girl, Naomi, to have her partner's support.

The entire family is pulling together to get the word out that they need emotional and financial support to get through the next month and to be able to focus on Saphira and not have to be concerned about their bills or the expenses of being out of town over the next several weeks. We will all be very grateful for any support you can give to them at this time. To donate, please go to:

Thank you for visiting, and thank you for your thoughts and prayers,

Leigh Crumbley

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