Ailment afflicts struggling young parents' toddle
WILHOIT – It's never a good sign when nurses are unusually quiet after a baby is born.
And it gets worse when parents' questions go unanswered, and nurses take the baby from the room before the new mother and father have seen their first child.
That's what happened to Amanda and Gail Morrison of Wilhoit when their son, Christopher, was born two years ago.
The young parents, 17 and 20 years old at the time, learned later that Christopher was born with a birth defect affecting the last two fingers of both his hands.
The two fingers of both hands are fused together with skin, giving them a web-like appearance. The toddler is unable to perform the normal hand functions of a 2-year-old.
He has had surgery twice to remove the abnormal skin growth, but as his fingers grow, the webbing grows. So he will need surgery periodically until he matures. He needs another hand operation soon.
Both young parents work, and the family does have medical insurance. But the insurance company considers Christopher's condition "pre-existing" and will not cover the surgery.
Avon representatives Kathy Thebo, Heather Eddolls and Carol Heninger heard about the Wilhoit family, and decided they could help.
The three are sponsoring a "holiday house" sale for Christopher's upcoming surgery. The sale will run from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., Saturday at The Days Inn, 7875 E. Highway 69 in Prescott Valley.
Christopher's surgery fund will receive all the profits from the sale of Gund lion, lamb and bear stuffed toys and a portion of the profits from all other sales.
In addition to the stuffed animals, craft items, home baked goods and other Avon gifts and collectibles will be available.
A savings/trust account for Christopher's surgeries has been opened at the Wells Fargo Bank in Prescott Valley's Safeway store. The account number is #0670486232.
Bradshaw Mountain High School junior Mary Thebo and her three cousins are creating home-baked goodies especially for this holiday sale, and Madeline Becchina of Phoenix is bringing specialty Italian cookies.
The group will sell raffle tickets for local restaurants and activities, and all proceeds from those sales will go into Christopher's fund.
The raffle will include chances of winning:
• One night's stay at Antelope Inns-Suites
• Fajitas for two from La Fiesta
• Dinner at Murphy's
• Two family passes for Castle Golf
• A manicure at Pampered Lady Nail Salon in Prescott Valley.
For more information, call Thebo at 632-8129, Eddolls at 775-3821 or Heninger at 772-9218.