LEE’S SUMMIT, Mo. — A Lee’s Summit mom has fought for four years for a law that she believes will save babies’ lives in Missouri. Her persistance has paid off with the Missouri Legislature okaying a bill that will require a routine heart screening of newborns.
Just hours after Kelly Manz gave birth to her daughter, Chloe, in 2008, Kelly became concerned.
“I just felt like she wasn’t taking a deep breath and it bothered me,” says Kelly.
She was persistant with nurses. That led to testing that revealed Chloe had a severe heart defect. The main arteries were reversed.
“And she might have passed away shortly thereafter,” says Kelly, if Chloe’s problem hadn’t been detected and she hadn’t received medical treatment and then surgery.