Karol Napers is the Indiana Representative for CHERUBS and mother of three beautiful blessings, Lexie, Jake and little Cherub Tate. Tate was born in September of 2011. His left sided CDH was discovered (through the hand of God) the day before his birth at 40 weeks. Tate was born at St. Vincent Women's Hospital in Indianapolis, IN which has an amazing CDH team and fabulous NICU staff. Tate's repair was done on day 6 (her birthday) at Peyton Manning Children's Hospital. In surgery they discovered his CDH to be more severe than originally thought, as his spleen and intestines were both herniated so his diaphragm is now sporting a Gore-Tex patch. Tate had Pulmonary Hypertension, an infection and partially collapsed right lung following surgery, Anemia, Acid Reflux and currently ASD. His ventilator was removed on day 13 and he got to go home just a few days short of one month old!!! Tate is doing very well and loves playing with big Bro and Sis!
Karol is married to Dan Napers, an incredible father and marathon runner who supports CHERUBS through Crowdrise. Karol has worked as a laboratory assistant since 1999, now working part-time and is a full-time mom, which is her passion. She loves being outside in nature, trail running, gardening, camping, and inside, cooking and anything that has to do with art, crafts, sewing and home projects.