A couple from Richmond, Virginia is desperately seeking a double lung transplant for their 2-month-old daughter, Kylie, in order to save her life. After Kylie was born last November, she began experiencing health problems, leading her parents, Ashley Overfield and Jakob Haddix, on a long journey to find answers. Doctors eventually diagnosed Kylie with a rare disease called surfactant protein B deficiency, which causes her lungs to collapse and results in respiratory failure. Unfortunately, there is currently no cure or treatment for this condition. The only hope for Kylie’s survival is a double lung transplant.
However, the procedure cannot be performed in Virginia, and there are only a few states in the country where it is possible. To give Kylie the best chance at survival, the couple plans to move to Houston, Texas, where Texas Children’s Hospital offers a 96 percent success rate for lung transplants. The couple will have to quit their jobs, leave their 9-year-old daughter with her grandparents, and be by Kylie’s bedside throughout the entire process. If Kylie’s condition worsens or they are not present, she will lose her spot on the transplant list. The couple has set up a GoFundMe page to help with the costs associated with the transplant and are sharing their daughter’s progress through a Facebook group called “Kylie’s Lung Transplant Journey.”
Despite the challenges they face, Ashley Overfield remains hopeful, believing that God will give Kylie her miracle. However, the road to a lung transplant is long and uncertain, with evaluations, medical board approval, and waiting on the transplant list. The couple’s ultimate goal is for Kylie to live a normal life, free from reliance on machines and with the ability to hold her without worry.