Paislee Kate was prenatally diagnosed with Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome.
At 33 weeks, doctors considered her in “imminent danger” so, in February 2018, she was delivered by emergency C-section.
After she was born, more complications arose. The morning after she was born, she was moved to another hospital 45 minutes away.
Scott and his wife, Kaite, were overwhelmed with many unanswered questions. A better-equipped hospital was almost four hours away. Scott urgently advocated for his daughter despite the lack of cooperation between the hospitals, and even receiving conflicting information.
“I would hold her little hand and she would just look up at me as if she was almost asking for help and there was nothing I could do,” Scott reflected back to those short weeks with his baby girl.
Tragically, a stomach infection was just too much for Paislee’s sweet little body. She passed away at almost three weeks old.
But that’s not the end. Scott decided he had to do something in her memory. “I don’t want her death to be in vain,” Scott said.
He decided to organize a coon hunt in his local community in South Carolina to raise funds for families living with congenital heart disease. Much to his amazement, he shared the event on social media sites and has gotten support all over the country with numerous states participating.
Scott and Kaite, along with Paislee’s big brother Blaine, age three, continuing to spread awareness of CHD throughout their community and the country.