Scarlett Post has had to fight ever since she took her first breath as a child. The 2016 Pilot Point High School graduate was the lone survivor of triplets at birth.
“She was the only one who survived. She had jaundice and was very sick growing up,” Scarlett’s mother, Misty Post said.
Infant jaundice is a yellow discoloration in a newborn baby’s skin and eyes that occurs because the baby's blood contains an excess of bilirubin, a yellow-colored pigment of red blood cells, according to an infant jaundice article by the Mayo Clinic.
Jaundice is a treatable condition, but if an excess of bilirubin builds up, brain damage could occur.
“She’s always been a fighter. She’s always remembered her story and thrived off of what happened when she was born,” Scarlett Post’s mother, Mrs. Post said.
Post received a four-year scholarship from Texas Woman’s University and decided to pursue a pediatric nursing degree.
For her, the reason was obvious.
“When I was younger I wasn’t the healthiest baby; I was on the verge of dying. It was actually a pediatric nurse that saved my life. That sparked my inner imagination to want to work with children,” Scarlett said.
Scarlett considers graduating a huge milestone and dedicates her degree to hard work and sleepless nights mixed in with food runs to Subway.
“It takes a lot of hard work and studying to get scholarships and grants. My family, along with the faculty, helped me find scholarships and grants, and they reminded me of deadlines for essays and letters,” Scarlett said.
Scarlett’s mother didn’t take credit for her daughter’s special day; she said Scarlett was responsible for her walk across the stage.
“It’s all her. She sets the bar high for her brother and sisters. Early on I’ve told them how important it is to get an education and she knows that. I’m proud of her. I’ll be even more excited for her college graduation,” Mrs. Post said.
Scarlett’s father, Loyd Post, is happy his daughter is taking a traumatic situation in her life and turning it into something positive.
“She came from that, and now she can move forward and do what she can to change situations in other people’s lives,” Mr. Post said.
“We don’t have money and she knows that. She got a job when she was 16 to save for college and to help us at the house financially,” Mrs. Post said.
“She’s a good kid and to watch her walk across that stage, I can see everything she has in her future.”