At the Miche Momentum event this past February I had the pleasure of meeting Holly Owens, a Representative from Idaho. She shared with me the heartbreaking story about her daughter Scarlett. During her pregnancy with Scarlett, Holly caught what she thought was a common cold, but she could not have been more wrong. Holly had caught Congenital CMV—a virus that is common and is usually harmless to people with healthy immune systems; however, the CMV can be dangerous is if you catch the virus while pregnant. When an expectant woman catches the virus, it is transmitted to the unborn child and can have a devastating impact on the brain; in fact, children born with congenital CMV can die or suffer severe disabilities such as deafness, blindness, cerebral palsy, seizures. Unfortunately for the Owens family, little Scarlett only lived 18 days due to the severe effect that CMV had on her brain.
Scarlett’s story does not end here though. Three years after Scarlett’s passing, the Owens family was blessed with another little girl they named Sienna. Sienna didn’t have the easiest start to life. She was born extremely prematurely and weighed less than one pound! She spent six long months in ICU, but the family believes that Sienna’s big sister Scarlett was with her as a guardian angel—guiding and protecting her on her long journey of survival.
The Owens family has been through a lot and is passionate about spreading awareness about CMV. Only 14% of the American population has heard of it, and most are unaware of the life-threatening impacts it can have on an unborn child. To help Holly and her family spread the word about CMV, we decided to name our newest Prima Shell Sienna—in honor of this brave little girl and her guardian angel, Scarlett.