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Benefit set for area toddler

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New parents Joseph and Ivy Payne brought their 6-month-old daughter Harmony Kaylyn Payne by The Brazil Times office to talk about her heart condition. Ivy Jackson Photo.
The world is a curious place for 6-month-old Harmony Payne, Brazil, but her parents can't let her get too excited about it.

"If she gets too excited about something, we have to calm her down," Harmony's mother Ivy Payne told The Brazil Times about her daughter's heart condition that makes breathing very difficult. "It's very hard when you have to stop your child from laughing and playing. You want her to be normal and enjoy life. She looks normal, but her heart sounds like a washing machine."

Harmony was born Nov. 5, 2008 with a congenital heart defect known as Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). The combination of four heart defects -- which do commonly occur together -- limits the amount of oxygen flow in Harmony's blood system.

On Nov. 6, Harmony was emergency air lifted from Terre Haute Union Hospital to Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis as her nervous parents followed in their car.

"There wasn't anything going to keep me in that hospital," Ivy said.

Although Harmony appears and acts like a normal bright-eyed 6-month-old baby, her parents said she gets tired quickly and has difficulty breathing.

"If she cries too much she passes out," Joseph Payne said about how his daughter's illness stops the family from enjoying their lives together. "The hardest thing is knowing I can't play with her or get her too excited."

While most parents anxiously wait for their child's milestones, Harmony's parents feel the same joy, but it is quickly tempered with anxiety.

"When we heard her first laugh, we were like 'Oh, my gosh,'" Ivy said. "Then we had to stop her from experiencing the joy of that moment because it might be too much of a problem for her breathing."

Surgery is scheduled for June to repair the heart defects. Ivy's life-long friend Kayla Harris and her mother Suzie Buchanan are organizing a fundraiser to help raise money to support the medical costs necessary for Harmony's open-heart surgery. It is scheduled for May 17 at the American Legion Post 2, 1013 S. Forest Ave., Brazil.

"We're really grateful to everyone for all their hard work," Joseph said.

Ivy agreed and wanted to express gratitude to all the medical personnel who have and will help take care of Harmony.

"I wouldn't know what to tell other families experiencing these types of problems, but Riley is a magical place with a lot of wonderful people there who really care," she said.

While there is the potential for problems during the surgery, Harmony's parents believe the future benefits outweigh the current risks.

"Yes, it's scary to think about, but I'm excited about the surgery," Ivy said. "Afterwards, when she's healed and gotten back on track, Harmony can have normal emotions. Her life can be fun, like it should have been all along."

Helping Harmony

A benefit to help cover medical costs for 6-month-old Harmony Kaylyn Payne will take place May 17. She is the daughter of Ivy and Joe Payne

The event will take place at the American Legion Post 2, 1013 S. Forest Ave., Brazil.

Starting at noon, a chicken and noodle dinner will take place along with a raffle and other various events to help raise money to support the medical costs necessary for open-heart surgery for Harmony.

Prices for the chicken and noodle dinner will be $6.50 for adults, $3 for children 3-12 and children 2 or younger will be allowed to eat free with a paying adult. The dinner is scheduled for 12-6 p.m.

Donations may also be deposited in an account established in Harmony Payne's name at any Riddell National Bank location.

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My prayers as many others will be with Harmony and her parents.

-- Posted by Nosredna Retep on Tue, May 12, 2009, at 10:13 PM

My daughter is around her age. I cant imagen what you are going throught I hope the best, my prayers are with you.


-- Posted by lilmomma on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 1:48 AM

Count on the power of prayer!

I am praying for you.

-- Posted by Dagnabbit on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 5:12 AM

Harmony, I love you little one. I know you will survive this surgery and any other bumps in the road ahead. You are truly Beautiful and one of a kind.

Knowing how great of parent Ivy and Joe are, Harmony is truly lucky to have them.

I want to thank Ivy (from the paper of course) for such a beautiful story. I couldn't ask for a better one.

And for all of you wondering about the benefit it starts at Noon on the 18 of May and not the 17. That is a Sunday. There will be Chicken Noodle dinner and a Raffle.

Thanks to everyone involved for making this happen!

-- Posted by nhs_princess_09 on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 7:44 AM

The Benefit is Sunday May 17, 2009 from 12:00 intill 6:oo not the 18 like the first post say

Thank you for all the help

Harmony's Family

-- Posted by kaystar on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 1:09 PM

I cannot make the fundraiser, but Monday morning, I will be at Riddle Bank. Good luck to you all and many prayers for this precious little angel!

-- Posted by karenmeister on Wed, May 13, 2009, at 4:30 PM

This is Ivy Payne thank you so much for all the support. Harmony is doing good we just found out Monday her heart is getting worse they have to do a Cath June 15th to find out how bad and what they have to do for it. She is such a strong little girl right now she is babbleing and pulling my hair. THANK YOU SO MUCH IVY FOR THE GREAT STORY AND AGAIN TO EVERYONE HOPE TO SEE YOU SUNDAY!

-- Posted by iverilla on Thu, May 14, 2009, at 11:22 AM

Ivy, I am so glad that Shadd and I got to meet u at Harmonys benefit. Being the mother of a child that has had 3 open-heart surgeries I know all of ur fears and worries and if u ever need to talk I am here for u. We live n a wonderful community and it still amazes me that so many people didn't even know shadd or me and they cared so much about him and I know they feel the same way about Harmony.Please continue to keep us informed about her condition after her surgery. The Brazil Times is a great way to do that. When Shadd was sleeping I went to the waiting room at riley and they had a computer for parents to use and I emailed Ivy Jackson and she informed the community n the next days paper shadds condition. My prayers and thoughts r with ur entire family. I can't wait for u to b able to let Harmony laugh and laugh and laugh and u not to have to worry. U have my # if u need me or if u just need to talk or have any concerns or questions what so ever. I am here for u. Karen Altemiller

-- Posted by taysha on Thu, May 21, 2009, at 11:27 PM

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