School, hospital staff make in-person education possible for Kent girl


A group of pros got here collectively to make certain the educational yr was further particular and additional protected for 7-year-old Natalie Livengood.

Lauren and Kyle Livengood have lived in Kent since daughter Natalie was a child. She was born with Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome, a uncommon genetic dysfunction that varies in its manifestations. For first grader Natalie, her mom Lauren defined, skeletal abnormalities attributable to SDS have affected her most.

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Basically since start, Livengood stated, her daughter has had many medical problems. Natalie was born with a really small rib cage, inflicting dependence on a trach ventilator and creating want for many rib and backbone surgical procedures. In her life already, she has undergone nearly 30 procedures. SDS has additionally precipitated pancreatic insufficiency, different gastrointestinal problems, immune deficiency and quick stature.

Natalie shouldn’t be one to let issues gradual her down a lot. Lauren stated that, after surgical procedures, her daughter is all smiles on the hospital and will get proper again to enjoying at house.

“She’s such a resilient child,” she stated.

Medical officials and school staff worked together to make sure Natalie Livengood, 7, of Kent could attend grade school in-person for the first time this year. Pictured, Natalie gives a "thumbs up" before her first day of first grade.

The begin of the present tutorial yr marked an enormous milestone for Natalie: for the primary time, she is attending structured public education all day and on daily basis. She has come a great distance since preschool when leaving her there for even one hour created a whole lot of fear for her dad and mom.

All the preparation was completely price it. Livengood stated her daughter could be very comfortable to be in first grade with different kids.