Monkton baby born early after vehicle crash

SARAH PARK OF Monkton rests with her baby, Adrian, who was born two months premature via emergency C-section after Parks and her husband, Stephen, were involved in a traffic crash in Tennessee.

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — On Dec. 8 Sarah and Stephen Park of Full Belly Farm in Monkton welcomed their son, Adrian, into the world — at a time and in a place they were not expecting.

The Parks were visiting family in Tennessee last week when the truck they were riding in was struck head-on by a vehicle that had veered into their lane, according to Stephen Park’s sister, Elizabeth Hoverson.

The collision resulted in only minor injuries for everyone involved, but Sarah Park, who was seven months pregnant, had to be rushed to the hospital for an emergency C-section.

Adrian, who arrived about 11 weeks early, weighed 3 lbs. 6 oz. at birth. Baby and mother are doing fine, Hoverson reported. But the family is concerned about unexpected medical bills and an extended stay in Tennessee that will make it difficult to keep up with their farm.

“Sarah was covered under Vermont’s health insurance during her pregnancy and now there are real concerns that the medical bills for Baby Adrian and Sarah will not be covered here in TN,” Hoverson told the Independent in an email on Tuesday.

“Also, as small business owners of a farm, there will be difficulties to come as they are here caring for the baby here in TN and not able to be back in Vermont full time preparing for this upcoming season.”

So Hoverson has launched a GoFundMe campaign to help the Parks get through this difficult period.

The Independent will have the full story in a future edition.

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