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Nurses needed to help bring Baxter Springs baby home from Kansas City hospital

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A family in Baxter Springs, Kansas is asking for the help of local nurses to bring their one-year-old daughter home from Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.

For the past three months, the family has been making every effort to bring her home.

Jason and Misty Gearhardt have been waiting to bring their daughter Khiyrie home since the day she was born.

"She's never been home," Misty Gearhardt said. "She has never even seen outside a hospital."

Khiyrie has faced multiple medical problems, including brain bleeding and drainage issues.

Currently on a ventilator and feeding tube, the only thing keeping her from her family now, is a lack of home nursing staff.

"We desperately need nurses in this area to help us get Khiyrie home to her family," said Mikayley Overton, nurse manager at Accessible Home Health.

Children's Mercy requires 24/7 home nursing care for at least the first two weeks after Khiyrie's release.

That means about 5 to 7 nurses are needed, RN's and LPN's with a Kansas nursing license.

"We're looking for full-time, part-time, PRN, anything we can get at this point," Overton said.

After the first two weeks, Khiyrie's parents plan to gradually lower the amount of nursing support until she no longer needs it.

Because Khiyrie has five older siblings, her parents are unable to visit as often as they would like.

"It's hard for us to go up there to see her," Gearhardt said.

That's why they are hopeful to find the nurses needed as soon as possible.

"If we can get everybody in the Four State area to help us bring our daughter home, we would be thankful for everything that anybody can do to help, we just want her to come home," Gearhardt said.

Accessible Home Health and Craig HomeCare are the two agencies working to find the staff needed to bring Khiyrie home.

Accessible Home Health will host open interviews at the Baxter Springs public library next Friday, March 6 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Those interested can contact Accessible Home Health at 620-378-2238 or www.accessiblehh.com, or Craig HomeCare at 620-875-5713 or www.craighomecare.com.
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