On October 29, 2010, Stephanie experienced the unexpected birth of her sons at 28 weeks, one day gestation followed four days later by Morgan’s diagnosis of Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC) and subsequent loss of 20% of his small intestine.
Before coming home, Shaymus spent 85 days in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Bridgeport Hospital; Morgan spent a combined 109 days in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit at Bridgeport Hospital and the Newborn Special Care Unit at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital. They are now happy, healthy (nearly) seven-year-olds.
Shaymus and Morgan’s birth was a defining moment for the entire family. The 109 days that followed left them forever changed and on the path to establishing The Morgan Leary Vaughan Fund (Morgan’s Fund)—an all-volunteer, public charity dedicated to Necrotizing Enterocolitis. Its mission is to promote public awareness about NEC and the potentially devastating effects it can have on preemies and their families and to advance research to prevent, diagnose, treat, and ultimately, cure NEC. Named after Morgan, it celebrates his survival, courage, and strength.
In addition to serving as President of Morgan’s Fund, Stephanie is the Print Production Coordinator at an investment firm in Austin, Texas. She has worked in the creative services industry for nearly two decades, and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design from Rivier University in New Hampshire and a Master of Professional Studies in Design Management from Pratt Institute in New York.