The March of Dimes foundation inspires family to pay it forward after helping their daughter overcome health issues.
During the 18 week ultra sound of their daughter, Kelly and Tony Medici learned that their unborn Isabella suffered from two birth defects; Spina Bifida, which is a spinal cord malformation often causing paralysis of lower limbs, and hydrocephalus, causing fluid to accumulate in the brain.
After visiting multiple doctors and having monthly ultrasounds, the couple received little reassurance that Isabella would be healthy.
After meeting a March of Dimes representative at Geisinger hospital, the Medici family learned that this organization conducts research on birth defects and premature births.
The first 13 days of Isabella’s life were spent undergoing treatments and surgery.
But thanks to the March of Dimes foundation she is a healthy toddler, and now her family strives to help other couples enduring what they went through.
An upcoming event celebrates the March of Dimes mission by supporting healthy babies everywhere.
The March for Babies will be Saturday, May 30 at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Monroe County.
Registration is at 9:30am, and the walk begins at 10:30 on the track.
Eyewitness News intern, Brianne Talocka contributed to this article