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Yakima Family Copes With Rare Birth Defect

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She's only three months old, and a Yakima baby has already been through more than many will endure in a lifetime. She's only three months old, and a Yakima baby has already been through more than many will endure in a lifetime.
YAKIMA, WA - She's only three months old, and a Yakima baby has already been through more than many will endure in a lifetime.

When Michelle Barber was five months pregnant, she learned her baby, Adalynn, would be born with a birth defect called Omphalocele. Adalynn's stomach muscles aren't strong enough to keep everything inside.

"As soon as we were in the middle of the C-Section, we heard her scream," said Barber. "We realized that she could breath, and it was an amazing feeling."

Her ability to breathe was a huge relief, but the birth defect pushed Adalynn's intestines and part of her liver out of the abdominal wall and into a bubble that sits close to her heart.

She has difficulty breathing, takes medications and receives shots for her blood clot. But despite all that, Adalynn's doing remarkable.

"The Omphalocele skin is growing over the top and she's doing amazing," said Barber. "She finally got off the feeding tube."

"Just to be there for her, making sure that we care about her and the baby," said Tina Merritt-Mills, a close family friend.

Barber said the support and love from her family, friends and co-workers has helped her maintain the positive attitude she tries to wake up with every morning.

"Everyday at Children's Hospital, {they} always told us, you guys are always so upbeat and positive," said Barber. "And we're like coming from us not knowing if she would breathe at all, like this is awesome. She's doing fine. I don't care about that feeding tube. She's breathing."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no known cause for the birth defect, and it is very rare. The CDC estimates that each year about 775 babies in the United States are born with an Omphalocele.
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