Baby Amabella: Unborn Baby Fighting Heart Disease




We often hear about heart disease, but it's rare we think about newborns. A military family is getting ready to welcome a third baby...knowing she will have to go into surgery days after she's born.

"I knew right when we found out that our world has changed." said Walter Shumate.

Walter and Melissa Shumate are expecting their third baby in May.
This pregnancy has been different.

"This one was completely normal until about 24 weeks." said Melissa Shumate.

At that appointment, they learned their baby girl, Amabella, had heart disease.

"The baby's heart is on the right side of the body." said Melissa.

"The news was almost devastating for me." Walter said.

Melissa says an ultrasound tech first noticed Amabella's heart. Since then, she sees three doctors-and knows her baby girl will be rushed into surgery around 10 days after birth.

"You want to do everything in your power as a mother to fix it and there's nothing I can do, I have to leave it in God's hands now." Melissa said.

The Shumates are a military family. Thankfully, Walter is home for awhile.

It gave them time to prepare their other two kids, Fenix and Lela.

Walter also created a Facebook page, Prayers For Baby Amabella.

The family updates their baby's progress and asks for support.

"Knowing that I'll have a kid that has to go through heart surgery her whole life. Social Media is outstanding when it comes to support like this." said Walter.

This family is strong-and excited-to welcome baby Amabella into their world.

"My children are my life. I'm a stay at home mom. I love my children and I want them to grow up with love in their hearts." said Melissa.

The family does not know how long Amabella will have to stay in the hospital.

They ask you to support them on the "Prayers to Baby Amabella" Facebook Page.

There is also a fund set up to help them with medical expenses.

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