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1/10/2013 12:11:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Child with strong local ties awaiting intestine transplant
WOODBRIDGE, Va. - A 15-month-old girl with strong Lawrence County ties, Lainey Curtis, is awaiting a transplant for her small intestine.

Lainey Curtis is the daughter of Jeremy and Ashley Curtis, the granddaughter of Joe and Kerri Gallion, Sumner, and Robert Frost, Burke, Va., and Ed and Melinda Curtis, Indianapolis. She is the great-granddaughter of John Fyffe, Sumner, and the late Barbara Fyffe. Lainey also has a baby brother, Oliver.

Curtis was born with gastroschisis, which means she was born with her small intestine on the outside of her body.

When she was 12-hours-old she had to undergo surgery to repair the intestine. Doctors are expecting for her to get the transplant within the next few months since she was placed at the top of the transplant list due to the fact that she will not survive without her intestine.

Due to the extent of the surgery the family, who lives in Woodbridge, Va., where Jeremy Curtis is stationed at Fort Belvior, will have to relocate to Pittsburgh, Pa. for a while when Lainey Curtis is in Pittsburgh's Children's Hospital for three to four months and will then have weekly doctor visits after being released from the hospital.

Bobbie Lane, who is Lainey Curtis' great aunt, along with Lane's sister, Kerri Gallion, are heading off a few fund-raisers to help the family with expenses while they are away from home.

The first one, a bake sale, is set for 9 a.m. on Jan. 19 at Lawrenceville Wal-Mart. They are also getting order forms for caramel apples from Apple A Day, in Mount Carmel, to have at the bake sale and will take orders for two weeks. That event begins today and will run through Jan. 23.

A benefit supper is in the works but they are needing volunteers to help set up the event.

An account has been set up at Regions Bank in Robinson through the Grand Prairie Christian Church under Lainey's Miracle Fund.

People wanting to make donations can mail them to P.O. Box 34, Sumner, IL 62466 or call Lane at 765-432-9351 or Gallion at 618-240-1413.

All of the proceeds from all of the events and donations will go to the family.

The family has also set up a Facebook page to keep people updated on her progress. It can be found under Support for Lainey Curtis.

Lane spoke about what the doctors told the Curtis' after her birth and the decisions they needed to make about the life of their daughter. Jeremy's comment to the doctor was "this is our baby, we are not going to give up on her."





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