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Ensign Samantha Wildman was a xenobiologist assigned to the USS Voyager sometime prior to 2371.

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Samantha Wildman was married to a Ktarian named Greskrendtregk and became pregnant with his child shortly before leaving Deep Space 9. By the time she discovered her pregnancy, Voyager was already in the Delta Quadrant. (VOY: "Elogium") She experienced many difficulties with this pregnancy, her first, including shooting pains in the lower back and the legs. (VOY: "Tattoo")

There were complications during the birth, and the child died. However, a subspace accident had duplicated Voyager and the duplicated child was returned to Samantha when her counterpart was killed. (VOY: "Deadlock") The child was later named Naomi.

After the Kazon captured Voyager and stranded the crew on a primitive planet called Hanon IV, Ensign Wildman's baby became ill and almost died. The chief of a primitive tribe native to the planet cured her with herbs and roots. (VOY: "Basics, Part II")

It was thanks to Ensign Wildman that Chakotay was able to remind Neelix, who had a crisis of faith, that his family was now the crew of Voyager, especially Wildman's daughter Naomi, who was very fond of him indeed and was actually Neelix's god-daughter. (VOY: "Mortal Coil")

Ensign Wildman was one of the most loyal viewers of A Briefing with Neelix, the daily news program hosted by Neelix in 2373. (VOY: "Macrocosm")

In 2374, Ensign Wildman was part of a team headed by Seven of Nine, a group that prepared a harmonic resonance chamber to neutralize omega molecules; Wildman was assigned to bring the power relays online. (VOY: "The Omega Directive")

On an away mission, the Delta Flyer, crewed by Wildman, Tom Paris and Tuvok, was damaged by an ion storm, crashed, and was buried under rock on a deserted planetoid. Wildman was seriously hurt, bleeding internally. With their air running out, Wildman recorded a goodbye message to her daughter. Just before the air was depleted, the Flyer was dug out and transported to Voyager, saving the crew. After her injuries healed, Wildman visited a holoprogram, accompanied by Naomi, Neelix and Captain Janeway. (VOY: "Once Upon a Time")

Samantha Wildman was played by actress Nancy Hower.
The character of Samantha Wildman was named after a little girl who died in an accident, and whose organs were subsequently donated to the wife of writer Jimmy Diggs. [1] The girl's parents told Diggs that she liked animals, so Diggs made Wildman a xenobiologist. (Star Trek Encyclopedia, 3rd ed., p. 561)
Chronologically, Ensign Wildman does not appear again after the events of "Once Upon a Time". She does appear in the later-produced episode "Fury", though only in footage that is actually set earlier than "Once Upon a Time", in 2371. However, Wildman is also mentioned in various episodes that not only were produced after "Once Upon a Time" but are also set after that installment, where she is referred to as still being alive and well.
In the non-canonical Pocket VOY novel Homecoming by Christie Golden, Wildman was mentioned as returning to the Alpha Quadrant alongside the rest of Voyager's crew and being reunited with her husband.

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