Ashley Overfield and Jakob Haddix’s newborn baby girl, Kylie, was diagnosed with a rare lung disorder called Surfactant B Deficiency. This disease causes deadly respiratory failure within the first few months of life, and the only hope for Kylie’s survival is a double lung transplant. However, the procedure cannot be performed in Virginia, where they reside, and only a few states in the country offer it. To give Kylie a chance at life, the family plans to move to Texas, where Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston offers the best chance for a successful transplant.
The process, however, is complex and uncertain. Kylie’s condition must not decline, or she will lose her spot on the transplant list. Both parents must also be with her throughout the entire process, requiring them to quit their jobs, leave their older daughter with grandparents, and move to Houston with their one-year-old son. While the success rate of the procedure at Texas Children’s Hospital is 96%, there are no guarantees, and it could still be many more months before Kylie receives a new set of lungs. To support the family during this challenging time, a GoFundMe campaign has been set up to help with medical bills and the costs of relocating.
This heartbreaking journey highlights the strength and determination of the Overfield-Haddix family, as they make sacrifices in the hopes of saving their daughter’s life. Their story serves as a reminder of the importance of family and the resilience of the human spirit.