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Newton infant struggles for life

09/11/2010

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09/11/2010

By AMY GRONAUER

Some couples wish for a bouncing baby boy when they find out they’re pregnant. Some hope for a sweet little girl. Still others say they don’t care, as long as the baby is healthy. What they don’t wish for is a string of surgeries for their newborn and a continuous struggle for survival each and every day.

But that’s the reality for Staci and Lenny Sassman of Newton, parents of 11-month-old Khloe Lane Sassman.

Khloe was born Oct. 7, 2009, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. She is the sixth Sassman child to be welcomed into the world.

Newton infant struggles for life

09/11/2010

Date: 
09/11/2010

By AMY GRONAUER

Some couples wish for a bouncing baby boy when they find out they’re pregnant. Some hope for a sweet little girl. Still others say they don’t care, as long as the baby is healthy. What they don’t wish for is a string of surgeries for their newborn and a continuous struggle for survival each and every day.

But that’s the reality for Staci and Lenny Sassman of Newton, parents of 11-month-old Khloe Lane Sassman.

Khloe was born Oct. 7, 2009, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. She is the sixth Sassman child to be welcomed into the world.

Family of 16 meets new home

Rick and Heather Ingle and their large family returned home Wednesday evening to a much different house than the one they were living in a year ago.

The family, which now numbers 16, celebrated the completion of the makeover project called Home Sweet New Home. They were joined by many of the volunteers who expanded the living space, increased the number of bedrooms from four to nine, made the home wheelchair-accessible and built a therapy room for the Ingle children with special needs.

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