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Baby gets help from community

 

At three months old, Adalynn Stewart has been through more than most people will their entire lives.

She’s also is getting help from a caring community.

Adalynn was born to Ryan and Audrey Stewart of LaGrange at Parkview LaGrange Hospital. At first, all seemed fine. But Adalynn was soon diagnosed with intestinal malrotation, a rare condition where the intestines and internal organs do not position correctly during development. She was also born without an appendix, a condition that “has never been reported with an infant,” her dad said.

Adalynn was transferred from Parkview LaGrange to the Parkview Regional Medical Center for 10 days. This was followed by a seven-week stay at the University of Michigan Children’s Hospital. She has already had one major surgery and one smaller surgery with additional surgeries down the road.

Adalynn is back home but requires around-the-clock care, including IV feeding and additional special needs.

As with major medical issues, none of this has been cheap for the Stewart family as they work relentlessly to help their daughter. And it’s been their extended family who has stepped up to help.

Ryan Stewart works at Winnebago in Middlebury and while there is some health insurance, a lot of Adalynn’s expenses were not covered. Ryan also works with the LaGrange Police Department and has served on the Howe Fire Department.

The family recently received nearly $9,000 to help with their medical costs thanks to a fundraiser dinner held May 4 at the LaGrange Fire Station and a softball tournament held recently in Sturgis, Mich., along with other donations.

The dinner raised around $8,000 from donations, items that were raffled off, and bake sale items provided by the community.

The Case Waldron Softball Tournament, now in its second year, donates all money raised to someone in need. The two-day tournament hosted 16 teams and raised $1,000 for the Stewarts.

Although Adalynn’s prognosis is still mostly unknown, she has both her family and a caring and giving extended family there to help her.