With National Heart Month on horizon, Centerpoint’s resident knitter is seeing red

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- There’s a color that allows the tiniest patients at Centerpoint Medical Center to make a big statement. Baby Julius is just 19 days old. To celebrate, he and twin brother Jasen get to model hand-made knit hats.

“These ones here, I can whip up in about an hour. I made one in our staff meeting the other day,” said Tamara Lasley, a registered nurse at Centerpoint Medical Center.

Lasley is the resident knitter at Centerpoint Medical Center’s NICU. With National Heart Month coming up, she’s focusing on the color red.

“There’s an endless supply of babies so I can keep on knitting,” she said with a laugh.

The NICU teamed up with the American Heart Association to raise awareness of heart disease among woman and mothers. It’s never too early to learn about heart health. This hit home for Michelle Meyer, the administrative director for cardiovascular services. Her son was born premature and with a possible heart defect.

“I knew what they were looking for, at the same time that became very real to me knowing what could be possibly down the road,” said Meyer.

Becoming more informed, knowing the statistics, and heart history will help in the long run. Meyer also says it’s important to get annual physicals.

“One in three women will die of heart disease and more specifically, in Missouri alone it’s the number one killer of females,” said Meyer.

Soon enough, there will be red hats on all the preemies. Lasley became an extreme knitter when she kicked a bad habit – smoking.

“I remember laying in bed on a Sunday night, smoking my last cigarette lying in bed. And I haven’t had one since. And I’ve been knitting ever since,” said Lasley.

She’s already made 25 beanies in five days, and there’s no stopping.

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