The family of a little girl born without a properly pumping heart gives back to the hospital that saved her life
THE HERALD SUN | Colin Warren-Hicks
Her parents like to say that toddler Naomi Reeves was born with a broken heart.
Naomi, 1, was born on March 22, 2016 in Smithfield Johnston Memorial Hospital, part of the UNC Health Care system, to a family from Garner. Her parents are Jared and Bethany Reeves.
“We didn’t know that she needed any type of help with her heart until she was born,” Jared Reeves said.
Naomi Reeves was born blue.
“They took her away to do measurements and do an echocardiogram of her heart. They actually Livestreamed that to UNC and their technician was able to identify what the issue was, why she wasn’t getting the oxygen she needed.”
At 12 hours old, Naomi was airlifted to Chapel Hill. Jared and Bethany Reeves waited — helpless— to hear what was wrong with their daughter.
The parents were approached by UNC Health Care cardiologist Dr. Michael Mill, who said, “Mr. and Mrs. Reeves, your daughter has a unique and one-of-a-kind heart.” Continue reading