5k-run will help Fairview family care for premature baby
FAIRVIEW—Friends are rallying to help a Fairview couple stay by the side of their baby girl, who was born July 19, two and half months before her due date, and is still in the neonatal intensive care unit at Utah Valley Regional Medical (UVRMC).
Because of her premature birth, Harlow Beesley, daughter of Tim and Lindsay Beesley of Fairvew, could be susceptible to a host of problems, including cerebral palsy. But she has gained weight and appears to be improving.
At birth, Harlow weighed 1-1/2 pounds and was 12-1/2 inches long, a long way from the average for a newborn, which is 7-1/2 pounds and 20 inches long.
“Baby Harlow and the Beesleys are going through a battle and fight that most of us hopefully never have to experience,” said Luke Kelso, long-time family friend.
Kelso and his wife, Jerrylynn, have organized a 5K run-walk on Saturday, with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m., to raise money to help the Beesleys with medical expenses and with the costs of staying in Provo to be with their baby.
Lindsey Beesley said she knew there was something wrong when she began bleeding heavily at about 22 weeks. A visit to her obstetrician’s office left her with a diagnosis of placenta previa, a condition where the placenta covers the cervix rather than being at the top of the uterus. The condition makes the mother susceptible to internal bleeding.
A neonatologist from UVRMC) suggested an early caesarian to prevent life-threatening complications for both Lindsey…