Rafael Tiberius Venkatsammy was born 5 pounds, 7 ounces, and 18.5 inches long on February 27th, 2019, to Justin Venkatsammy and Dr. RaeAnn Anderson. Rafael survived the near-fatal threat of twin-twin transfusion syndrome that took his brother in the womb. Indeed, he was the twin least likely to survive at the time of the surgery, and his brother’s sacrifice allowed him to be born healthy. He was embraced and loved immediately by his parents and extended family, including grandparents Parsram and Lalita Venkatsammy of Olathe, KS, and David and Sara Anderson of Circleville, KS. His care team was very invested in his health, and he spent four days in the NICU being monitored and loved by the staff there. He has been thriving at home with his parents since then.
Rafael means healer, and he has been bringing joy and laughter since he arrived. He could raise a single eyebrow skeptically since birth and has many other unreasonably cute mannerisms. He loves to play with things that make a crunching sound, taking walks in his stroller to see the world, and running around in his walker to create joyful mayhem. His smile lights up the world and makes you feel like the sun is shining only for you. He is cherished by many.