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Faith helps

by Tom Chillemi

Trevor Holt could be called a miracle child. Born with an underdeveloped brain on Halloween day, he is living day-to-day.

“Just because Trevor can’t live, doesn’t mean he can’t live on in another child.” —Meredith Holt

“Hydranencephaly” affects just 200,000 births worldwide, explained Trevor’s mother Meredith Holt, a Middlesex native and 2004 graduate of Middlesex High School.

When she was 27 weeks pregnant, Meredith learned that her baby would probably not live very long, if at all. “At this point he’s still a miracle child because he’s still here,” she said this week.

Abortion in Virginia was not an option. Instead Meredith and Trevor’s father, Phillip Appleby Jr., chose to carry the baby to full term. They faced the birth of their first child, while anticipating his funeral. “It really changes your point of view,” she said.

Through Trevor, Holt has learned to “cherish the smaller moments,” like when he tries to roll over, even though he is unable to lift his head.

Meredith’s faith has helped sustain her. “I don’t know how we get through day-to-day,” she said. “I imagine it’s all the prayers and having faith and knowing God put Trevor here to teach us. We’ll learn as much as we can from him. Whatever God’s plan is, He has kept him here for some reason. Even though we don’t know what that is right now, maybe we will some day.”

Meredith and her fiancé have decided to donate Trevor’s organs. “Just because Trevor can’t live, doesn’t mean he can’t live on in another child,” she said.

A friend has established a fund through BB&T Bank to help pay for the mounting medical bills. For information, visit: The user name is HelpingTrevorsFamily and the password is TAA103112.

Meredith’s parents are Andrea and LeRoy Holt. Appleby’s parents, Laura and Phillip Appleby Sr., live in Northumberland.

posted 12.19.2012

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