Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Joe's St. Louis

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ANCHOR STEAM * Just as she began feeling better about her baby daughter's health, KSDK (Channel 5) anchor Anne Allred had to undergo surgery and will start dialysis that will delay her return to the air.

"This has been some stressful year," Allred understated Wednesday. "But we're taking it day by day and getting through it."

Allred and her husband, Drew Lammert, welcomed baby Nora into the world on May 25, about three months premature. Nora's health has been steadily improving, Allred said.

"She's up to 5 pounds, 10 ounces, and we hope to have her home soon, at least by sometime in August," Allred said. "We have to get her taking a bottle so she can get off the feeding tube."

But as Nora got stronger, Allred felt worse. About three weeks ago, she had renal failure due to a rare kidney disorder: atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome.

The disorder causes blood clots in organs, starting with the kidneys, said Allred. Doctors said the syndrome was brought on by Allred's preeclampsia during pregnancy.

Allred thanked those who have posted supportive sentiments on her Facebook page.

"I can't tell you how much all the stories people shared about their preemies helped us. Drew and I read every one, with people sending a photo of their preemies and saying 'she's 6 now,' or 'she's 40 now.'

"Those have been amazingly helpful," she said.

Still, Allred is itching to get back to work.

"I miss working, I miss my job, I miss the people," she said. "I enjoy my work, what I do. And getting back to work would, I guess, make me feel like I'm back to a normal life."

She shied away from giving an exact date for her return, other than saying she hoped to return before the end of the year.

"We want to get Nora home and get that squared away, and then take care of my" health situation, she said.

Allred, a Villa Duchesne grad, returned to STL in 2013 after having worked in Boston, North Carolina and Ohio. …

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