Baby born without an anus heads home from the hospital

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YORK COUNTY, PA (WCMH/CNN) — A baby born without an anus gets to finally head home after spending months in the hospital. 

Couple Andrew Kuhn and Katie Faulkner told WPMT they were both surprised and excited when they found out they were having twins. 

But on the delivery date that excitement turned to fear when one of the twins, baby Jackson, was diagnosed with a rare condition. 

Jackson had an imperforate anus, a piece of skin covering his rectum which never fully formed and was quickly transferred to Johns Hopkins for better care. 

But after five months, they were forced to transfer Jackson to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia after Kuhn and Faulkner were told there insurance wasn’t accepted.  

Now, seven surgeries later, the couple is left with hundreds of thousands of dollars in hospital bills.   

“You feel depressed and stressed out every day you’re thinking what’s going to happen next and what bill is going to come in the mail next,” said Kuhn. 

But after eight months, Jackson is finally heading home, but he has a tough road ahead.  

He has a colostomy right now where his stool drains into and he also has a central line where he gets all of his nutrients from and then he also has a g tube where he gets formula for there,” Faulkner told WPMT.  

The couple admits the past year has been difficult, but they’re just happy to have Jackson home.  

“Just seeing his smiling face every day home with us beats any bill.” 

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