Our story began in March 2012, when partners Keston and Andrea Ott-Dahl agreed to surrogate for Sillicon Valley executives. Their journey takes a turn when it’s revealed the baby has Down syndrome. At the urgency of the doctor, staff, and genetic counselor the intended parents wanted to terminate. Even though Keston struggled with the baby’s disability, they decide to give her a fighting chance against everyone’s advice. They believed in the little warrior growing in Andrea’s belly and appropriately named her Delaney Skye, their “Warrior from Heaven”.
Andrea and Keston took the initiative to educate themselves as fully as possible about Delaney’s diagnosis and immediately began an early intervention program to give Delaney’s cognitive abilities a head start even before she was born. Andrea started taking Choline, DHA and Omegas during her pregnancy while Keston set up her therapies to begin at 2 months old!
Today, Delaney doesn’t just live, she thrives. She is markedly ahead of schedule on her developmental milestones, often ahead of babies without her disability.
Delaney did have open heart surgery at three months old, which was a success.
The most important lesson Andrea and Keston learned on their journey is that Delaney is so normal. She laughs, loves, giggles, plays and even gets mad or sad.
She is a role model, a hero, and an inspiration! She has proved so many people’s stereotypes wrong including her Mom (Keston) who wrote a book entitled “Delaney Skye” about how Delaney transformed her.