When You Have To Decide Between Your Career & Your Sick Kid, Is There A Choice?

With big curls, sporting a tutu and a smile, 3-year-old Sadie blew out the candles on her birthday cake this February. Eight hours later, she was in the hospital, her small face eclipsed by a nebulizer. Things can change very quickly for a family with a medically complex child.
Sadie’s mom, Tarin Smithline, 37, an upbeat, outspoken Miami attorney, says she found out at her 12-week ultrasound scan that her baby would be born with her liver outside of her body. “When I decided to have this child and do everything in my power for her to thrive, we didn’t know if she was going to make it or what support she would need,” Smithline explains.

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