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Zoie Potter was born a micro preemie at just 1lb, 5ozs. She was born in Effingham, IL and airlifted to St. John’s Children’s Hospital.

“I had complications with my pregnancy and I was on bedrest,” said Karrie Potter (Mom). “When she was born, I was scared. I didn’t know if I would ever have the chance to get to know her.”

Due to her prematurity, Zoie was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, epilepsy, cerebral palsy and NEC. She stayed in the NICU for 6 months and 6 days. She had 7 surgeries in the NICU and 15 by the time she was 2 ½.

“The scariest moments were when her health took a turn for the worst and all the surgeries,” said Karrie. “The happiest moments have included holding her for the first time, bringing her home and just being blessed to watch her grow throughout the years.”

Zoie is now an amazing 17-year-old who loves attending homecoming and prom. She loves Red Lobster, the TV show “The Doctors” and cheering on the Cardinals! She hopes to become a receptionist at a Doctor’s office so she can help people the way she has been helped.

“Our hopes and dreams for Zoie are for her to be happy and healthy. We want her to achieve her dreams and continue being the amazing person she is.”

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