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Selah and Shylah Oglesby

Selah and Shylah Oglesby

Several doctors advised Misty to terminate her pregnancy. Her conjoined twins were connected at their livers and their sternums, and their chances of survival were very slim. But Misty and her husband, Curtis, wanted to spend whatever time they could with their daughters, whether that was only months, days or minutes. So they traveled to Cincinnati from their hometown in Indiana in search of hope.

Misty and Curtis settled into our House a few weeks before their babies were born. Selah and Shylah Oglesby were born on December 6, 2014 and were rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Doctors tried to allow Selah and Shylah as much time as possible to grow strong enough to survive separation. But at three months, they began to suffer complications from being conjoined, and it was time.

Doctors were able to successfully separate Selah and Shylah; despite being conjoined, they both had their own liver and sternum. However, Selah also suffered from other health issues and needed to undergo heart surgery when she was almost seven months old.

While her little girls were at the hospital, Misty says our House was an incredible blessing:

When the girls were in the hospital, I would run over to the House to eat and rest before hurrying back to their side. Having meals already prepared allowed me to spend as much time as possible with them. And, knowing I was just a phone call away allowed me the time I needed to take care of myself so I could continue being there for them every day.   

Today, Selah and Shylah are doing exceptionally well, recovering at our House with their mom and dad, while they receive physical and occupational therapy. They each have another reconstructive surgery soon, but they have surpassed all expectations.

Misty is grateful that our House helped her through this incredibly difficult time:

I experienced the darkest days of my life watching Selah and Shylah go through this. But whenever I walked into the House, everyone was smiling. It made me feel a little better, even on the days when I couldn’t smile back. Everyone at the House sincerely cares about us and is working to help us get through this. There’s an understanding here of what we’re going through, and that helps make it all a little more bearable.