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Ashanti, 2 1/2 months old
My Early Life:
Hello, my name is Ashanti Kristina (aka Baby Girl my daddy's nickname & Boo Boo my mommy's nickname). My parents are Barry and LaQuinta. My due date was May 15, 2003 but I decided to surprise everyone on April 1, 2003 at 4:44 pm weighing in at 5 lbs. 15 oz. I was born at Helen Keller Memorial Hospital. The doctor/pediatrican didn't know what I had and because of my enlarged heart the flew me to University of Alabama at Birmingham - R.N.I.C.U. My daddy drove down there later that night. Mommy wasn't able to come until 2 days later when she was released. They told us they were 99% sure it was Apert Syndrome but the genetic counselors would let us know for certain after all the test were completed. I was there 4 days then transferred to Children's Hospital of Birmingham - N.I.C.U. because my heart and everything else on the inside was fine. We were there until April 18, 2003. On my follow-up with the Neurosurgeon he told my parents I would need a VP Shunt to drain the excess fluid off my brain. I had it put in May 13, 2003 and I am doing just fine.

I have 2 sisters; Aubriana (7), Katlyn (7), and 1 brother Dominique (10). I have a me-maw, maw-maw, 2 paw-paws, 1 aunt, 2 uncles, great-aunts, great-uncles, cousins and a hugh church family.

We know Ashanti was put here for a very special reason. We are glad God let us borrow one of his little angels. They're planning on doing her craniofacial surgery when she is 10 1/2 to 11 months old. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers and we will keep you updated with news and photos.


Ashanti at UAB Regional Intensive Care Unit, 3 days old

Mommy & Ashanti, 7 days old

Daddy & Ashanti, 10 days old

Aubriana, Dominique, Ashanti, & Katlyn
Ashanti is 4 months old

Ashanti at me-maw's - 5 months old

This page was updated May 18, 2011

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