Tuesday, March 18 2014, 10:23 AM MDT
Year After Fetal Surgery, Lehi Girl Doing Well
By Dan Rascon
(KUTV) It’s a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon at a West Jordan ballpark and young four year old Davey Killpack is up to bat.
"Nice job that was close,” yells his dad Matt from the bleachers as Davey swings and misses the ball.
The next pitch Davey connects and hits the ball towards third base.
“Yea, alright!" yells his parents.
Davey is in a wheelchair and can’t walk. He has spina bifida and is on a special needs baseball team through Shriners Hospital. Davey also has a little sister with spina bifida. Her name is Maggie and she's 9 months old and she is in the arms or her parents in the bleachers.
"She's just a beautiful girl we love her,” said her dad Matt Killpack.
Maggie's incredible story all started one year ago.
“I look back and I think that was so hard. I can't believe we did that,” said Millie Killpack,
"It is amazing; it's a miracle,” said Matt.
Maggie arrived into the world at 10:17 a.m. on July 17, 2012 at the University of Utah Hospital. But the story really starts three months before her birth in Houston, Texas, where Maggie underwent surgery while still in the womb.
The fetal surgery would hopefully help to repair the spine so that Maggie may be able to walk someday.
"We are so glad we decided to do the surgery,” said Millie.
It has now been one year since that surgery and Maggie is growing and developing well. The question now becomes, “did it work? And there is no way to compare the Maggie who had fetal surgery to the Maggie who had surgery after she was born,” said Millie.
"But for us it’s worked because it's brought her to us and she is progressing and she is more advanced in some ways than Davey was,” said Matt.
The most promising sign—Maggie does have feeling in her legs and feet and can wiggle her toes. Davey is not able to wiggle his toes nor does he have feeling in his legs or feet. But it's still too early to tell if Maggie will actually walk someday.
Maggie has had three surgeries since she was born. One of those surgeries was to put a shunt or tube in her head to help drain the fluid that builds up. A physical therapist also comes to the Killpack home once a week to help Maggie with her motor skills.
But for the Killpacks, it’s not about what their daughter can or cannot do. It’s the fact that their baby girl arrived happy and healthy.
"She's just perfect. She’s had some challenges still she has a shunt and she's had some other issues but it just doesn't matter. She’s perfect because she's ours,” said Matt.
"She's made our family complete,” said Millie.
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