She was expected to die: This week, she bore a son.
Published: September 19, 2006 | 4791st good news item since 2003
They wheeled Kelly Jo Blosser into the labor and delivery room.
They lifted her legs for her. They propped up her body.
Then, as tears welled in their eyes, the doctors and nurses helped the quadriplegic deliver her baby.
Kelly Jo Blosser and 5-pound, 7-ounce baby Chad Allen Stanford are miracles, the medical professionals say.
In a split second on a winding Arkansas road last March, Blosser’s life shattered.
That Blosser and Chad Allen are here at all is a tribute to the commitment from the doctors, nurses and staff at Good Samaritan Hospital who took her in as a patient when facilities in Tennessee and West Virginia said the pregnancy and delivery were too risky.
“She’s a miracle mother,” said Dr. Kim Brady, the director of obstetrics at Good Samaritan.
Neither mother nor baby was expected to make it on that sunny March Monday morning when Blosser was driving her 7-year-old daughter, Kaitlin Nicole, to school.
After rounding a curve, Blosser’s car slammed into the rear of a garbage truck stopped in the road.
“It was too late for her to swerve,” said Robin Blosser, Kelly Jo’s mother.
The impact sheared the top off the car and killed Kaitlin Nicole.
A single mother, Blosser, who had just discovered she was pregnant when the March 14 crash happened, has been hospitalized ever since. She has never been well enough to go back to Arkansas and visit her daughter’s grave.
A CONSTANT CHORE
The crash broke Blosser’s neck in three places and severed her spinal cord. The injuries have seriously affected her central nervous system. Stabilizing her blood pressure is a constant chore.
Blosser, 25, will never walk again, doctors say. She will never be able to pick up Chad Allen or her other two children, Destiney Lynn, 4, and Gunner Todd, 2.
After the crash, both Blosser and Kaitlin Nicole were flown to Nashville, Tenn.
The little girl, although technically dead, was kept on a ventilator until Robin Blosser arrived to say goodbye. Kaitlin Nicole’s heart, liver and kidneys were harvested for transplant into four different people.
Kelly Jo Blosser’s doctors predicted she would die in a matter of hours. The fetus in her womb was expected to spontaneously abort.
Blosser and Chad Allen proved those Tennessee doctors wrong.
“I think this is what has kept her going,” Robin Blosser said.
Blosser faces a lot of obstacles.
She has not accepted Kaitlin Nicole’s death.
“I can’t do this anymore,” a tearful Blosser said Thursday as her mother explained the accident.
Still, Blosser never gave up her fight to survive and be a mother again.
On Thursday, Robin Blosser carefully placed Chad Allen onto Kelly Jo Blosser’s chest.
Blosser, paralyzed from the upper chest down, crooked her head toward Chad Allen and kissed his temple.
“I was so scared,” she said of his vaginal birth at 10:08 a.m. Wednesday.
“She didn’t know if she was going to make it or if the baby was going to make it,” Robin Blosser said.
As Blosser and her son spent a quiet moment together Thursday, tears filled the eyes of the two hospital employees in the room.
NEW HOME ON HORIZON
Early this morning, Blosser is expected to say goodbye to Cincinnati, a city – save for two brief visits outside the hospital doors – she has only seen through her window or from TV images since she arrived here in July.
She’ll be going to her mother’s home in Spencer, W.Va. Her other children will join them.
“We got used to her around here,” said Good Samaritan nurse Lori Holland, who joined other nurses two weeks ago and threw Kelly Jo a baby shower. “If she hated the world and had had that attitude, she would never have made it this far. She really taught us a thing or two.”
Life will change radically for Robin Blosser, too.
The 41-year-old grandmother now has a quadriplegic daughter, that daughter’s three children, and her own 12-year-old son to care for. She quit her job as a cashier the day of the accident to be with her daughter.
“She’s going to need 24-hour care,” Robin Blosser said.
Robin Blosser, who is also a single mom, knows her life back in West Virginia will be a struggle, but she says it is nothing compared to what Kelly Jo has gone through.
She doesn’t know how she’ll do it. She just knows she’ll never stop being a mom.
“All I can do is take it a day at a time,” she said. “I know I’ll never be able to go back to work, because she will be 24/7. But I’ll be there for her; and I’ll be there to help those babies grow up.”