Ankney was nominated for the Quad-City Times wish list by Vicki DeWispelaere, a family helper at Genesis VNA Bright Beginnings, which has used reader donations to meet the specific basic needs of Quad-City residents for more than two decades. Wish List is working with United Way Quad Cities to solicit nominations from nonprofits in the area.
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Scarlett was discharged from the hospital on December 18, Ankney just days earlier. Although Scarlett was five weeks early, she didn’t need a ventilator. However, she was struggling to maintain her body temperature and needed steroid injections to develop her lungs, Ankney said.
“She’s pretty healthy considering everything,” said Jeremy Mitchell, Scarlett’s father. “She is small but powerful.”
Ankney said she first learned about her heart-shaped uterus when she was pregnant with her first child; She went to Iowa City for an emergency Caesarean section and was diagnosed that day. At that time, she stayed home for eight weeks to recover.
At that time, Ankney was participating in a program with Genesis VNA Bright Beginnings, a free home program that brings young or expectant mothers and families in Scott County together with a family helper to assist them through pregnancy and establish successful parenting techniques.