Artist turns therapy helmets into part of baby girl's personality

New parents can tell you how challenging it is to keep one child safe, happy, and healthy. Brianne and Jeffrey Shulman face the challenge of having a four-year-old boy, plus three new triplet sisters!

Unfortunately, one of their little girls, Emmy, was born with metopic craniosynostosis – a condition that affects the proper fusing of her skull. To ensure Emmy’s skull formed correctly, she had to undergo an intense surgery followed by therapy that requires her to wear a helmet every day to protect and guide her skull.

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Brianne and Jeffrey wanted their daughter to feel as normal as possible while undergoing this therapy. So instead of having her wear a standard white helmet, mom enlisted the help of local artist Mary Gallagher Stout.

Mary not only paints Emmy’s helmets, but she puts her heart into each design, Brianne said.

"I'm already concerned about the loss of identity because she is a triplet," mom said about Emmy.“So I don't want her to feel like her entire infancy was being a triplet, baby c, and also being the girl in the white helmet."

"At least when she looks back at her pictures,” Brianne continued, "she's got colorful, lively helmets that are whimsical and happy because of her personality."

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