Halfway to term, new parents learn their unborn daughter’s diagnosis: the most severe form of a spinal cord defect. They know that she might never walk, that she might never control her bladder or bowels.
They accept months of uncertainty to come. They recognize that answers will arrive only after her birth. And they place their faith in a team of caregivers at the Medical University of South Carolina.
This is a story about a hospital – doctors, nurses, therapists, technicians, midwives, schedulers – building and executing a plan to provide for this family, both medically and emotionally. It’s a story about an entire community of caregivers working together, from supporting the parents with genetic counseling to monitoring the baby’s tiny heart.
This is Harper’s story. It’s MUSC’s story. And because you’re part of our extended family of friends and supporters, it’s your story, too. When you see our mantra -- “Changing what’s possible” -- this story is what we mean.