Meet Natalie: Born six weeks early and now thriving

Meet Stephanie: Born six weeks early and now thriving
Published: Aug. 21, 2018 at 4:56 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 22, 2018 at 11:19 AM EDT
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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - News Leader 9 is spotlighting several children who have been impacted by Piedmont Columbus Regional as a part of the Children's Miracle Network Mediathon starting on Aug. 22.

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Natalie Stephanouk was diagnosed with Smith-Magenis Syndrome after being born about six weeks early.

"As they were checking her over they noticed three genetic markers. Ears that are just a little pinched. She has a single crease in the palm of her hand instead of the three people typically have and then she had a toe that's not just quite in line, Natalie's mom, Allison Stephanouk, said."

Allison said the nurse notices the marks and was convinced that there was some issue.

"I remember her being very encouraging and saying God doesn't give you anything that you can't handle so that made me feel a lot better," she said.

Natalie's dad, Alex Stephanouk, says they are really blessed that they found it so early.

"Today she is in school. She's thriving, she's doing great. She's in gymnastics, she's a girl scout, she's so happy," Allison said.

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