Sybil Cumberland entered the world at a healthy 7 pounds, 5 ounces, but unbeknown to her family and physicians, she arrived with a broken heart.
The first sign of trouble: Sybil didn't take her first breath until several minutes after birth. “They put her on a CPAP immediately,” remembers her mother, Tara Cumberland of Brandon.
Still, Sybil had a healthy weight, so she went home after two and a half weeks in a neonatal intensive care unit. Day by day, she grew weaker.
Fast-forward three years, past coming to Batson Children's Hospital and two surgeries there, and Sybil is now an active little girl who loves dancing, soccer and tee-ball. She'll get to take the field on a larger diamond April 30 at Trustmark Park when she's Ambassador of the local March of Dimes March for Babies, where event participants hope to raise $500,000.
“I've always said, anything I can do for Batson Children's Hospital and for the March of Dimes, I'll do. I want to give back,” said Tara Cumberland. “We were nominated to be the 2016 ambassadors for the March of Dimes March for Babies, and I thought, 'Wow, that may be how we're supposed to give back.'”