By Tia Lynn Ivey
The Morgan County Fire Department is hosting an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast to help raise money for two volunteer firefighters, a married couple named Drew and Erin Miller, whose newborn daughter developed a rare condition that requires surgery. The breakfast will be held at the Morgan County Public Safety Complex on Saturday, March 4 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The cost is $7 per person.
The Millers welcomed little Annie into the world on January 19 of this year. Annie arrived five weeks early, born with complications due to a premature birth.
“She went in the NICU since she was so early, and there she aspirated,” said Erin. “After 11 days of her not getting any better, the staff at St Mary’s decided to fly her by helicopter to Children’s Hospital in Augusta. On January 30, she took her first helicopter ride to Augusta. A couple days and many tests later they decided she had a laryngeal cleft. This condition is very rare only happens to 1 out of 10,000-20,000 babies. Around week 10 in the womb her esophagus and larynx did not separate. Basically most things would go into her lungs instead of her stomach.”
Annie’s condition has required two surgeries so far, the last of which was on Monday, February 27. She faces a six-week recovery time. “Surgery went great! In the words of the surgeon, things went exactly according to the plan!” said Erin.
The Morgan County Fire Department wanted to help the Millers by raising funds to cover Annie’s medical bills.
“The fire department is a family and when one of us has a need we try to help out,” said Cindy Williams, administrative assistant for Morgan County Fire Rescue. “Our goal is to try to relieve some of the worries the family is carrying at this time, we want their focus on their sweet baby girl, getting her well and home.”
Local groups have donated directly to help the Miller family, too, according to Williams.
“At this time we have received donations from Rose Acre Farms (Madison) and Performance Food Group (Jefferson) and have approximately 20 volunteers signed up,” explained Williams.
The Millers are grateful for the outpouring of love and support from family, friends and the local community.
“This community has overwhelmed us with prayers, cards, and great thoughts. We are fortunate to be apart of such a loving and caring community. We can’t wait to bring Annie home and see her grow up surrounded by all the great people of Morgan County!” said Erin.
Erin and Drew live in Buckhead, both born and raised in Morgan County. Drew is employed by AgPro, a company in Madison and Erin is employed with Tendercare Clinic in Greensboro.
”Drew and I have been married for almost five years and now we have this beautiful daughter,” said Erin, thanking everyone for rallying behind them during this stressful and emotional time.
To find out more information about the Pancake Breakfast or to make a direct donation to benefit the Miller family, contact Morgan County Fire Rescue at 706-343-6503.