2016 Speak Now For Kids Family Advocacy Day Hero: Chloe
Weighing 1lb 5oz, Chloe and her triplet brother and sister were born at just 25 weeks. After 196 days in the Arkansas Children’s Hospital neonatal intensive-care unit (NICU), she came home with oxygen, a feeding tube, a pulse oximeter and numerous medications.
Because of her grade 3 and 4 brain bleeds, as well as her early birth, no one knew what struggles Chloe would face in her future. The physical trauma of preterm birth is something everyone sees with a preemie, but the sensory can be much more of a struggle. She currently sees seven different types of therapists to help with her sensory and feeding issues. This has all been guided with the help of her amazing Arkansas Children’s Hospital Medical Home team and one of her favorite doctors, Rob Lyle. Because of her therapists she continues to develop her social and feeding skills as well as learning to cope with her anxiety.
Chloe is one of the most brilliant children her age. She is one of the best readers in her 1st grade class. She is always the life of the party, and has an infectious and charismatic personality. You will find Chloe spending most of her time coloring, reading or even listening to some of her favorite 80s music. She has achieved more than any thought possible and she continues to amaze everyone she meets. To know Chloe is to know greatness in all forms.