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Kaitee Wheeler donates over 300 baby items to OMC

OVER 300 BABY ITEMS were donated to the Ozarks Medical Center (OMC) Labor and Delivery department by Willow Springs High School senior Kaitee Wheeler as part of a senior project. Wheeler said she chose the project after job shadowing an obstetrical nurse at OMC, and that making the items was related to a research paper on breastfeeding she had completed. Wheeler, who was taught the technique by her grandmother Louise, loom-knitted 104 hats and made 100 burp cloths and 91 blankets using a serger. The materials were donated, she added, and the items will be sent home with parents of babies born at OMC. Kaitee is the daughter of Amanda Wheeler of Rogersville and Josh Wheeler of Willow Springs and says her plans after high school include getting a degree in obstetrical nursing at Ozarks Technical College, followed by training to be an obstetrical anesthesiologist at Missouri State University in Springfield. From left: OB/GYN Surgical Technician Samantha Johnston, Wheeler, and OB/GYN registered nurses Melissa Hadley and Shannon Black. (Source: West Plains Daily Quill, Kimberly Langston)

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