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4".. ~•.t • ~age 8 CLINCH VALLEY; TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, April 6, 2017 • iiFields family selected as 2017 March of % ~' Family Shares Their " Story to Help More : Babies Be Born Healthy .~. " " St. Paul, VA- An 18- bionth-old St. Paul; VA. girl who was born 2 :~onths early has been ,.~.lected as the 2017 March ~f, Dimes Southwest yjrginia Ambassador. !: In 2015, Ashley and ,Patrick Fields were excited ~out becoming parents t~ild looking forward to ~arting their family• But iiieir baby Aria arrived i, Ulaexpectedly at only 31 Weeks, weighing 3 pounds ~OZ. I had a great pregnancy U.p. until I didn't•• .it seemed tlke it all happened rather i'ast," said Ashley• ~,"Around the time I was 29 ~eeks, I felt horrible, and "~'mething just didn't feel Oght," explained Ashley. ,That Friday afternoon ;~sbley and Patrick were at Wal-Mart and something 'Was telling her to check her I~!ood presstire. It was high '~'-"30/90. "We went straight ~the hospital," explained I~trick. The hospital man- i~ed to get Ashely's blood ilressure back to normal .tl~,d ordered her on bed rest ~.ver the weekend. Ashely .Was diagnosed with the ~rly stages of preeclamp- Jia. "I was put on strict bed rest and blood pressure medication in hopes that We could make it to 34 ~eeks," said Ashley. :~, Preeclampsia is a disor- that occurs during preg- ~cy and the postpartum ~riod and affects both the ~0ther and unborn baby. It ~t'.ects 5-8% of all preg- ~ktncies, and is character- ~dby high blood pressure ~d the presence of protein ~"the urine. Some symp- ~ms are swelling, weight gain, headaches and changes in vison. In extreme cases it can cause ~izures and stroke. 7 Weeks 29 and 30 were spent on bed rest for Ashely, with doctor visits every few days and upping blood pressure medication. ~'Finally week 31 came and 'Q- • L we were due for another doctor visit. We got an ultrasound to see how Aria was growing because we knew she would be arriving much earlier than planned, we just didn't realize how early. I also didn't realize how much fluid I had accu- mulated over a couple of days either; it was so much that we couldn't even get a picture of Aria's face," explained Ashley. She had gained 25 lbs. within a 2 week span and it was all fluid• Her blood pressure was 160/100 with my blood pressure medication• "The doctor was not happy and admitted me to the hos- pital. I thought they were going to do a 24 hour urine collection, I had no idea this hospital stay was until deliverY," Ashley explained• Ashley stay in the hos- pital consisted of multiple attempts at an IV, catheters, magnesium to prevent strokes and seizures, steroid shots to help devel- op her lungs, an ambulance ride from Indian Path in Kingsport to Niswonger in Johnson City, more blood pressure medication, two days in the hospital, and 15 lbs. of fluid• Early Wednesday morning around 4 a.m., Ashley's doctor came in and deliv- ered the bad news. "Due to the amount of magnesium in mine and Aria's systems, my kidneys were no longer Patrick, Ashley and Aria Fields working like they should," explained Ashley. "So all the fluid that was going into my body wasn't com- ing out, I had little to no urine output and Aria's movement had decreased." On October 7th 2015 at 10:05 a.m. Aria Evelynn Fields was born weighing 31bs 6 oz. and was 15.5" long via C-section. Ashley and Patrick did- n't get to hold Aria or see her when she was born. The good news was she only was on the ventilator from the delivery room to the NICU. When Patrick got to the NICU Aria was already on a nasal cannula and breathing good consid- ering how early she was~ She was also born anemic which caused her heart to beat funny, so she was given iron to help correct it. Ashely and Patrick lived at the hospital for 5 weeks so Aria could learn bow to Miss St. •Paul Beauty Pageant April 29 @ 3.'00 St. Paul High School Auditorium Ages from birth - 1 O0 years of age Applications available at SPES office. Calendar -. 'o'lq learn, to share and to perpetu- family history." William T. ~ller 276-623-3410 or fuller- j~t~942@ yahoo.com. ~, JOIN THE FRIENDS-Join I~ Friends of J. Fred Matthews ~|emorial Library and help pro- ii~te the improvement of facili- ~ and services of the library. ~.nd name, address and phone ~ber, with a $5 membership ~ft, to J. Fred Matthews l~l~morial Library, RO. Box 1976, ~l. Paul, VA 24283. .i Please make checks payable tt~ Friends of the J. Fred Matthews ~morial Library. ,.", EASTERN STAR-Clinch ~ley Chapter #152, Order of , ~istem Star, meets each fourth ~[/ti~sday, except for March and [k'cember, when the meetings are -the second Tuesday• All meet- "Q~s are'at 7:30 p.m. i,-7 VETERANS' CLAIMS ~,"" Coebum-A Dept. of Veterans ~vices representative will assist ~iients and answer questions at Coeburn VFW Posi from ~-3:30 pm third Thursdays ~cept June. '.'::. COMMUNITY CENTER- West Dante Community lffenter meets at 7 pm first "~ndays. For more information service is for qualifying and adult leamers, with or without their own home computers, in Lee, Scott and Wise counties and the City of Norton. For more infor- • mation, call GED Online Coordinator Marci Gore, 1-800- 422-3433 (in Scott County 386- 2433)• GED TESTING-GED Testing is available Monday through Thursday and on Saturdays at the Wise Co: Alternative Education Center, Wise. Call 276-328-8612 for information concerning GED testing• DANTE LIVES ON-The Dante Lives On Board meets at 6:00 pm 3rd Tuesdays at the Dante Museum with the Community Meeting following at 7:00 pm. NARCONON reminds families that abuse of heroin and opiod drugs has become a national health crisis. Learn to recognize the signs of heroin abuse and get your loved ones help if they are at risk. Visit www.narcononnewlifere- treat.org/blog/naloxone-avail- ability.html to learn about the overdose reversing drug known as naloxone and find out its availability in your state. ADDICTION SCREENINGS Narconon can help you take steps to overcome addiction in .~'ase call 495-8473• ".~'~ FREE HIV TESTING-Health !~epartments in the Lenowisco tlealth District offer free confi- "d~tial HIV testing throughout your family. Call today for year. For information, call free screenings or referrals. 1- Wise County 318-8000; Lee Co. 800-431-1754 ~lealth Dept. 276-346-2011; or AMERICAN LEGION ~l]eott Co: Health Dept. 276-386- POST # 208 welcomes new ]l.3|2. members. If you served on F" FREE GED CLASSES-Free active duty in the Armed ~ED classes are offered at the Forces, National Guard, or .~bow Family Investment Reserves then you should be ,~enter, St. Paul, Mondays and eligible to join us. You are not ~ednesdays from 8:30 am-12 required to have served over- .Ilion. Glenna McReynolds is the seas or have seen actual com- k~zher. Call 1-800-422-3433. bat. Contact us at American ,-7 GED ONLINE-The Regional Legion Post # 208, P.O. Box l~'dult Education Program is offer- 1261, Lebanon, VA 24266 illgfree GED Classes online. This with your name, address and From Page 1 phone number• Transfers are welcome. eat, hold her temperature, gain weight, and try to get her anemia and bradycardia episodes under control• She was sent home with a heart monitor, but only had it for about a month. "Aria is a very smart 18 month old and you would have never known she was born 2 months early, says Ashley• It most defiantly was not a picture perfect 1st pregnancy. We didn't have a normal baby show- er, get to have maternity or newborn pictures taken or get to have her nursery set up before she came home but none of those things compares to not getting to come home at the same Ambassador time as your baby...I will never be able to explain the heartache of leaving the hospital for the first time without her, but we are very blessed that we are both healthy and doing great," explains Ashley• "Serving as the Ambassador family is a way for us to show our thankfulness for the March of Dimes-funded programs that helped Aria," says Patrick. "We're walking in March for Babies because it saves lives and improves the health of countless moms and babies -- and we ask everyone to join us. Our movement is bringing us closer to the day when every baby is born healthy and strong." Aria and her family will share their story throughout the spring at March for Babies and other community events. "The money raised by March for Babies helps give more babies a fighting chance at a healthy start in life," says Danielle Starnes, March for Babies Chair• "The March of Dimes is committed to providing comfort and information to families such the Fields Family. By joining March for Babies, you also help fund cutting-edge research to find answers to the unknown causes of pre- mature birth, and new ways to prevent and treat it." Like Aria, about 380,000 babies -or one in 10 -- are born too soon in the United States each year. Premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is the leading cause of death of babies in the U.S. Those who survive an early birth often face serious and life- long health problems, including breathing prob- lems, jaundice, vision loss, cerebral palsy and intellec- tual delays. In addition to the human toll, premature birth accounts for more than $26 billion annually in medical and societal costs. The nation's favorite walking event, March for Babies takes place in 500 communities across the country and involves more than three million people each year. In Southwest Virginia, March for Babies will take place on April 22 at 6:00 p.m. at Latture Field in Abingdon. Register for the event by v i s i t i n g marchforbabies.org to sign up to walk; start a team with your company, family, or friends; or donate to help babies survive and thrive. The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines and breakthroughs. For the lat- est resources and health information, visit our web- sites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. If you have been affected by prematuri- ty or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org com- munity to find comfort and support. Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter• The 2017 March for Babies is sponsored nation- ally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy's, Cigna, HCA, and regional sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc. In our community, March for Babies is sponsored by Columbus McKinnon, Anthem Health Keepers, Highlands Union Bank, Abingdon Rotary Club, and InTotal Health• For more information contact Nikki Hicks at 276- 274-5097 or caustin-hick- sk@marchofdimes.org. SWCC Community Chorus participates in 2017 UT at Chattanooga's Collegiate Choral Festival concluded with a perform- ance of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," one of Professor Carter's most famous works to date. Under the direction of Dr. Joseph Trivette, the SWCC Community Chorus presented Paul Basler's Psalm 23 as their individ- ual piece, which features a lovely French horn accom- paniment in addition to piano. The chorus was accompanied on piano by SWCC student, Hunter Sparks from Tazewell, VA. On Friday, March 24, 2017, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Department of Performing Arts presented the 2017 Collegiate Choral Festival in the Roland Hayes Concert Hall'. The festival featured a combined cho- price ing rus from UTC, Chattanooga State Community College, Cleveland State Community College, Dalton State College, Northeast Alabama Community College, and Southwest Virginia ./ Community College in a joint concert featuring the music of UTC Professor Roland Carter in honor of his 75th birthday~ Each school performed individu- ally and then combined for a choir of 185 singers with Professor Carter serving as guest conductor performed some of his most well- known arrangements. These included Go, Tell it on the Mountain, Steal Away, Ride On, Jesus, In Bright Mansions Above, and You Must Have that True Religion. The evening ONLY 1 L 0% on qualified vehicles Very attractive interest rates! morganmcclureford.com (276) 762-5535 Saint Paul, VA