Mar 10, 2014 7:46 PM by Annie Snead
A local teen has been tube fed her entire life.
She had a stroke in utero and it left her without the ability to suck or swallow.
Her family hopes their story brings more awareness to people who are tube fed.
"She's always been 100 percent fed by a feeding tube," said Amberly's mom, Jodi Sandoval.
Jodi says when Amberly was born, they knew right away there was an issue.
"She was born via C-Section, emergency C-Section and her and her dad had to fly to Albuquerque because she needed more care than Raton could give," said Jodi.
When she was one month and a half, they had surgery to give her a G-tube.
"Right into the tummy is where it goes," said Amerbely's dad, Wayne.
It was a challenge for Wayne and Jodi - and scary in the beginning.
Amberly was always happy and content.
At first they fed her formula, then a nurse suggested trying infant cereal.
"Once we started giving her the cereal with the food mixed in it, the real food, she started moving more, and so we started doing more of the real food and we started blending food which is what a lot of people with tube feds are starting to do more and more," Jodi said.
She gets what her sister Amanda eats, it's blended and put through a tube.
She'll likely be tube fed her entire life.
"If you are a family or friend of someone who is tube fed, offer the support that you can and learn as much as you can," Jodie added.
Other reasons people may need a feeding tube include Cystic Fibrosis and esophageal cancer.
The Sandovals also started a business for people who are tube fed called Push Nutrition - true blended food for tubies.