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Sylvia Powell, nurseOn January 19, 1985, Sylvia Renata Powell came into this world weighing only 4 lbs., 6 oz. Sylvia's mother, Renata Powell, unexpectedly went into labor, and Sylvia arrived two months early. Despite her premature arrival, Sylvia was a healthy baby.

After a few days in the hospital, Renata went home, but Sylvia had to remain there until her weight reached 5 pounds. Renata and Sylvia's father, John, visited every day, and they were ecstatic when they were finally allowed to bring their daughter home.

When Sylvia came home from the hospital, Renata and her husband had two other children: Zach, age 6, and Ellie, age 4. Both kids thrilled to have a new baby sister and were amazed at how small she was. They watched over her and were very protective.

Sylvia and her family lived in a middle class neighborhood in Oxford, Mississippi. She enjoyed her childhood and had lots of friends and a loving family. She liked going to school and excelled in her studies.

In 1999, she started her high school years at Oxford High School. In her freshman year, her paternal grandparents were killed in a small plane crash. Sylvia was devastated by their unexpected demise, and she missed them greatly.

The next year, she and her friends joined the "Adopt a Grandparent" program and started visiting residents at the area nursing homes. Sylvia enjoyed talking with the elderly patients, and everyone said that even then she had the golden touch when it came to soothing their fears and raising their spirits.

That's when Sylvia decided she wanted to become a nurse, and she knew exactly where she wanted to work.

Sylvia worked hard to keep up her grade point average so she could attend nursing school. She graduated high school in 2003 and enrolled in Northwest Community College for two years. She then transferred to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing.

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