Ryleigh |Pearl, Mississippi  

Ryleigh’s mother, Heather, was 20 weeks into her pregnancy when Ryleigh was diagnosed with Spina Bifida, a condition where the spinal column does not close all the way when developing in the womb. Ryleigh was closely monitored throughout Heather’s pregnancy and had surgery at just one-day-old at Batson Children’s Hospital to close her spinal column. She stayed in Mississippi’s only Level IV neonatal intensive care unit for the following three weeks. Thanks to her dedicated care team and her precious positive attitude, Ryleigh will live a normal life, but may do a few things a little differently. She is a great big sister to her brother Caleb and loves all things princess, pink and purple.