Remembering Chloe as She Flies High……

The Gift of Life rejoices with every single success that they hear about for their preemie families and they love to share those wonderful stories.  Today they want to share another story, but this is a story of a mother’s love for her preemie.  Chloe, who was born at 27 weeks weighing 1 pound 2 ounces on April 26,2012.249047_4111512754709_1255510758_n 293146_4243290169062_937663576_n

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As we know all preemies have their good days and bad days.  Chloe was no exception, but all throughout, she was her mommy’s “peanut.”   Not a day went by when Chloe would not muster up a smile for her mommy.9810_10206213100995029_1099765059710947490_n 600254_10202492737828275_1760114309_n 1002877_10201964341138688_679646142_n 1526890_10203679295491475_695755579_n 10409414_10204600834329370_1792297983962818101_n 10952410_10206201103895109_2678209341172752782_n (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chloe was doing well for a bit, getting through every hurdle you could think of and each and every time mommy was there.  But on Friday February 27,2015 At 10:23 pm, Chloe had her last smile and breath for mommy.  She could not overcome the challenge.  Chloe stopped breathing and passed away in her mommy’s arms at the hospital surrounded by family and friends.  She tried to fight till the end, but it was too much.  She is flying high in no more pain.  Just looking at her sweet angelic face tells you how sweet this beautiful child of God was.

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We always ask ourselves when a child so young is taken from us, Lord why?  We go through different stages at different times in our lives and we can truly never figure out why.  Whitney Lynne, recording Christian Artist came out to sing at The Gift of Life Charity Benefit for Premature babies last year and sang a song called Thank You For The Rain.  If you listen to the lyrics, it is thanking God for the rain and trusting in Him while standing in in the rain.  It speaks about the hurts and how sometimes God uses a storm to bring us close when nothing remains.  This is definitely a moment of standing in the rain, but God is there carrying us when we only see one pair of footprints in the sand.

Chloe left behind a brother and her parents…..although she is gone from her home here on earth, she is in the hearts of those that loved her forever……

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We pray for comfort for Chloe’s parents and family.

If you can help this family with any funding, please click on the link below:

http://www.gofundme.com/c038w0
The Gift of Life http://www.thegiftoflife27.org

Whitney Lynne http://www.whitneylynn.org/

Treasured Moments Videography http://tmvphdfilms.com/

 

Jameson’s Journey Through The Eyes of His Mommy…..

All too often we are eager to hear all about the happy pregnancy, the bay showers and the long labor hours of bringing a child in to the world.  Moms love to talk about how brave or not brave they were with or without an epidural and how quickly they got back to their everyday routine because they had the easiest pregnancy and delivery,  But how eager are you to hear about the perfect couple in love and how they had everything going for them?  Great jobs, great family, great house, and ready for that baby to come, but something went very wrong.

Today we bring you Jameson’s journey through the eyes of his sweet momma Audrey:

“My husband, Chris and I had been married for 6 years when we decided we wanted to expand our family from our fur baby Labrador Retriever to a real baby of our very own.

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When this new and exciting adventure started I had all these plans and Pinterest ideas ready for the time when I would tell my family and friends our exciting news. I found out I was pregnant on St Patrick’s day after working a night shift at Celebration hospital as a Respiratory Therapist. The second I found out I was overjoyed and all my Pinterest plans flew right out the window. I begged my husband to drive to my parents house that very morning at 7 a.m.! I couldn’t wait to tell everyone! By noon I had told all my family and friends. Good news travels fast!

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My pregnancy was very easy and I had no complaints. At 23 weeks while working I started to have contractions which I thought were Braxton hicks contractions. They became more and more intense which eventually led to an ambulance trip to the hospital. Chris and I were scared as doctors and nurses flooded the room to assess me, question me, and start drugs on me to stop my contractions. The reality of what was happening really hit when statistics were given to us about the risk and likely complications of having a baby come this early. They prepared and expected me to have the baby at any moment. We were devastated.

Originally we had decided for the sex of our baby to be revealed in the delivery room on or near my due date of November 22nd. I wanted everyone surprised, including myself. Reaching for anything happy to hold onto in this situation we decided to have them tell us the sex during one of my many exams that day. We were to have a little girl. A Girl!. We named her Allison.

I was able to stick through an entire week of on again off again contractions on complete bed rest. Every morning the nurse came in and wrote the date on my patient board I thought to myself, I did it….I got through another day! Sadly my strength gave out and due to an incompetent cervix I had an emergency C-section 16 weeks early. I remember asking my husband Chris in the Operating room after she was born, “is she okay?” To which he responded that they had already taken her into NICU to be intubated and assessed. No one celebrated or really even spoke. Five hours after delivery they wheeled my hospital bed through the NICU. A very sweet nurse told me that they had a high amount of babies in the NICU at the time and they were unable to wheel my bed over. She assured me that once I was able to get into a wheel chair I could see the baby. She asked, “do you have a name?”. I responded, “yes, Allison Grace”. I will never forget the look on her face and a few other nurses near by. They asked me to repeat the name. I heard a few giggles and then she proceeded to tell me “Well actually….you had a boy”. I have never heard my husband speechless in the 11 years I’ve known him. We got our surprise!!! In more ways than one! Jameson Lee Lonas was born on August 3rd and weighed 1lb 12 oz.

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The next few weeks were the hardest times I have ever experienced. I felt helpless and heartbroken. I was told the NICU stay would be a roller coaster of events and emotions and that’s exactly what it was. We went through 2 types of ventilators, 3 intubations, infections, medications, complications and happy milestones. Every ounce counted and I was ready to see him pack on the pounds and thrive for life. It was a long road but that’s exactly what Jameson did. He has taught me all about strength and faith and a lot about having patience. We are truly blessed with how well Jameson did and still continues to do as a micro preemie.

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The odds were stacked against him and he pushed through. After 143 days in the hospital we brought our sweet boy home on December 23rd. Just in time for Christmas. The best Christmas present ever.

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He came home with his teddy bear from The Gift of Life, made with love by the seniors citizens at Good Smarita Village…..

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There are so many great people out there that followed Jameson’s Journey. He had prayers from all over. I still can’t wrap my head around all the love we received. No one will ever know how much we appreciate it all. I only hope our story of heartache turned to joy can inspire others who might be starting out on their own similar journey…. a little hope. Hang tight…this doesn’t define your child…it’s just a piece of their story. Jameson is now 5 months old and 11 lbs. He is loving being at home with us. We fall in love over and over every day.

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Today he is 5 months old and doing well……Miracles do happen ….you just have to keep believing that they will…

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The Gift of Life www.thegiftoflife27.org

 

Spotlight on a Vendor….Treasured Moments

Have you been to our website http://www.27miraclesbyrosie.com if you haven’t been there check it out?  You might say why do you want me to go there now?  That is because there on our video gallery you will see Bruce Reynolds from Treasured Moments work!  Treasured Moments Videography is well-known in the community of Orlando.

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They have been shooting all events for the last 6 years in widescreen HD.
One of the 1st in Central Florida to film in high-definition, as they feel it captures the event in the best quality for the future. Clients then can choose widescreen DVDs, or Blu Ray HD dvds. When you book them you get them not contractors who shoot for others. They only do 1 event per day in order to give their clients what they expect.

When 27 Miracles asked Treasured Moments owner Bruce Reynolds, why help The Gift of Life, he said, “I am honored to be part of The Gift of Life on September 13, 2014 at the Rosen Centre Hotel. It’s a very worthy event for all in the Orlando area to attend and give support to Florida Hospital’s NICU for their ongoing work with premature newborns and the making of the movie “A Story of Faith”  to further help the families of those children and future children who are born prematurely.”  

Get in on the action that day and be filmed at the event enjoying what promises to be a spectacular night of fun, while at the same time helping to raise awareness and resources for a community of miracles…

Florida Hospital did an interview with Kaleb and some of his caregivers….watch as he reunites with them…..

27 Miracles www.27miraclesbyrosie.com

A Story of Faith www.astoryoffaith.com

The Gift of Life Purchase Tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-gift-of-life-tickets-11066816145

Treasured Moments Videography www.tmvphdfilms.com

Lost and Found…A Touching Story

27 Miracles brings you stories and blogs of their own but every once in awhile they will come across a story that will inspire and touch you.  Today’s story is written by Journalist Kelley Benham for The Tampa Bay Times. It was also published at Huffington Post

See her full story here: Never Let Go

Watch Kelly tell her story on video ….This story will bring you to tears as you see the amazing faith that her and her husband shared….If you have never experienced or seen a baby born premature, this will give you the reality of what it is.  It is scary and will move your heart of compassion.

Watch the touching story here :  

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Help fund places like this that will help save lives, but most importantly help support the parents undergoing this ordeal.

Come to the event The Gift Of Life and you will be able to help babies like this

Purchase Tickets through Eventbrite
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Visit our Website often for updated information on the event!

http://www.astoryoffaith.com/

Going Home from The NICU

When you are expecting a baby you expect to be pregnant for 9 months, have a normal delivery and be home 2-3 days later.  But sometimes due to circumstances beyond our control that is not always the case.  Jennifer was one of those moms, expecting a normal delivery, but instead found herself delivering Baby Kellan at 33 weeks when her water broke. An emergency c-section to save Baby Kellan and mom’s life was necessary because she developed preeclampsia.”

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Preeclampsia is a condition that pregnant women develop. It is marked by high blood pressure and a high level of protein in the urine. Preeclamptic women will often also have swelling in the feet, legs, and hands. This condition usually appears during the second half of pregnancy, often in the latter part of the second or in the third trimesters, although it can occur earlier http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/preeclampsia-eclampsia) .  

Kalen was 4 lbs 2 oz and then dropped his weight to under 4 lbs due to the prematurity of his lungs.  He was not able to come home until he gained his 4 lbs again.  This is not what Jennifer expected after recuperating from her own unexpected surgery.  But the day came for her to  bring baby Kellan home.  In Jennifer’s words she stated, ” I remember holding Kellan for the 1st time without tubes & wires. (What a crazy feeling that was–felt like I was going to set an alarm off for moving more than a foot with him.) He was just over 4lbs. We were getting ready to be discharged from the NICU.  And I am not afraid to admit that I was scared beyond belief!”

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This is just one mom’s trials of the NICU.  Baby Kellan was only in the NICU 10 days due to the fact that their hospital was not equipped to handle a longer stay for babies in the NICU.    He should have stayed a little longer because after discharge he developed many issues with feeding.  Jennifer drives 3 hours each way to get specialized treatment and care for Kellan.

This is just one of the reasons for The Gift of Life Event on September 13, 2014.  This event is not just a reason to get dressed up, have good food and entertainment with a chance to get a celebrity’s autograph.  Those are all good reasons to come out and have a great time.  You can’t beat the price a nice dinner, entertainment and celebrity encounters.  But know that with that,  your ticket purchases and your donations will go towards the needs of the NICU( Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) and the making of the movie A Story of Faith,  The Movie will be based on the experience of the NICU   and will offer support to parents and healthcare workers during this critical time through a love story and a journey of faith.

To learn more about the event visit our website at http://www.astoryoffaith.com/

To purchase tickets go to our event website

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-gift-of-life-tickets-11066816145

We hope to see you there !

27 Miracles http://www.27miraclesbyrosie.com

A Story of Faith http://www.astoryoffaith.com/

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A Letter from one Mother in the NICU to Another Mother

As we approach Mother’s Day and you start to think about what a mother is, what your mother did for you and how you can make someone’s mother day special, this letter came to my mind shared by a fellow NICU( Neo Natal Intesnive Care Unit) mother to another.  After going through this experience myself, I know how both mothers feel.

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Dear New NICU Mom,

I recognized you the other day. You came out of the NICU, your husband right behind you. You walked slowly, like maybe you had a c-section last week, but you didn’t still look pregnant. You were both crying softly. You looked exhausted. I knew that look.

My baby and I had to meet someone in a NICU waiting area at our city’s children’s hospital for a research study. You saw us sitting there in the waiting area. You looked at me. I smiled a sad smile at you and you returned it.

What I wanted to say, what I tried to say in that sad smile, was this:

I know how it feels.

I was you eight months ago.

I have cried those quiet, uncontrollable tears – on a good day by NICU standards – as I put my tiny son back in his incubator after a kangaroo care session, carefully juggling wires and tubes, nestled him in, put a fleece blanket over the box to keep the light out. Watched the monitor to make sure the numbers indicated that he was comfortable before I left. I, too, hesitated before I smoothed the last corner down, peeked through the plexiglass and choked up as I whispered – goodnight, my baby, I love you, I will see you soon.

I have walked that slow, heart-wrenching walk, away from my sweet tiny baby. Pain in my abdomen, where a baby should still be, halting my steps. Crying, not sure if I’m embarrassed for a stranger in the hospital to see my tears, or if maybe crying in a hospital is what people expect, or if I don’t even care.

I am so sorry I am here with my healthy infant, confronting you right here as you leave your baby behind for now.

My gargantuan baby (to you anyway, I know) weighs 15 pounds and 10 ounces today. Five times his birth weight exactly. He is healthy and normal for his adjusted age. No more oxygen, no more wires, no medications. He didn’t even go to the doctor at all in April. I know he looks like a freak of nature to you. Sometimes even I can’t believe this is the same baby who could curl up into a little ball under my cupped hands. That I watched with delight and thanksgiving as his stick-like limbs got chunkier and his little belly became roly-poly and his eyes went from murky blue-gray to clear blue and his ears grew cartilage that makes them stick out.

Your little baby is perfect. How big is your baby? I want to ask. Actual and adjusted age? How is she doing today? Were you able to hold her?

When I smile at you, holding this giant baby, I want to tell you that I hope with all my heart that your baby will be fine too. That the fear slows down as time passes. And if your baby does need oxygen, wheelchairs, braces, monitors, tubes, I want to tell you that a gift of the NICU is that now I can look past the medical devices. If that is what your child needs, when I see you in public in a year or two, I will see your beautiful child, not his equipment.

New NICU mom, in the glance we shared, I just wanted you to know that I’ve been there. This healthy baby on my lap has been where your baby is. We know how much it hurts. It’s okay that you’re crying, NICU mom. Your journey is hard. Sometimes you have to cry. Let me share your burden for a moment. I know how to carry it.

Love,

A recent NICU mom

This letter just brings tears to your eyes.  This is what A Story of Faith is trying to do for NICU moms and dads and the healthcare workers that day in and day out take care of that precious bundle of joy. On September 13, 2014, 27 Miracles is hosting an event called The Gift of Life to benefit Florida Hospital  Walt Disney Children’s Pavillion, The NICU department and the making of the Movie A Story of Faith.  Your attendance and donation to this event will help many parents going through this pain and healthcare workers feeling the stress without their own support to receive this message of hope.  It will help the NICU receive new equipment that will continue to save lives daily.

Please visit our event website to purchase your ticket today and if you cannot attend, please consider a donation to the event, every little bit helps.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-gift-of-life-tickets-11066816145

Donations: http://www.astoryoffaith.com/#!donations/c1vud

A Thank You From Florida Hospital

As seen on Facebook:
No one understands what it feels like to have a baby in the NICU quite like another NICU mommy! Over the holidays Rosie Moore stopped by with her family, including former NICU baby Kaleb, to give teddy bears to our current NICU patients. Thank you, Moore family!
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  • You and 126 others like this.
  • Stephanie Coombes Morehouse So true… its been 16 years and I will never forget. Much love to Florida Hospital!
  • Denise Manning I has been 5 for me and I think about my NICU adventure every day.
  • Cathy Wood-Sanders My grand daughter was in NICU for 2 months, Fl Hospital is the best…Thank you for the hospitality
  • Lisa Rippelmeyer It’s been almost 6 years since my Shawn was a NICU baby, and I know it’s something I will never forget.
  • Princess Monique Blanco It’s been 9 years this year you could say I lived in the NICU with my daughter Aaliyah for almost 3 months ! One Thing I must say that FLORIDA HOSPITAL is an amazing hospital and the staff and dr are Amazing!!! I must stay now she still goes there but to the Florida hospital cancer center she see’s the amazing hematogloist Dr Hajjar !! I love this hospital !!
  • Helen Ling Gonzalez Thank you to the Moore family! I remember little Kaleb. I know our current families really appreciated that!
  • Julie ‘Anderson’ Michel Our beautiful Katelyn was in the NICU for her first month, and is now a happy, healthy 21-month old. All 3 of her surgeries were performed at Florida Hospital – we love her two surgeons Dr. Anderson and Dr. Gottschall, the facility and entire staff – we recommend you all to everyone we know! Blessings to the Moore Family for their beautiful show of support to the families going through their journeys.
  • Sylvia M West Taylor After having a son spend 2 weeks in NICU is why I became a RN
  • Muñeka Victoria It’s been 5 years and I will never forget the nicu nurses or doctors. I love this hospital!! My son had a 6 month stay and it was ruff but this hospital made it go by easier. Thank u!
  • Deanna Sharpe Statton Two of my three babies were in your NICU and there’s nowhere else I would have wanted them to spend their time receiving care.
  • Lisa Rippelmeyer My 13 year old son Brandon was also kept in NICU for observation. He was a large-for-date baby, born at 36 weeks after an emergency C-section, and they were concerned that he had blood glucose issues. He was fine, and the hospital staff were wonderful!
  • Florida Hospital For Children Thank you all for sharing your stories! We absolutely love hearing from our NICU families.
  • Carol Morris I remember Santa bringing presents around the NICU on Christmas Eve for the babies when I was at the IWK in Halifax with Nathan. He got a little stuffed animal and a little story book. Yaaa for Rosie Moore and her family for being so thoughtful!!
  • Linda Lester we were across the street yesterday with baby Dakota at his neurological appt. who spent from June till October in NCIU on Rollins by the Mc Donald House..Florida Children ..and so wanted to walk over to the NICU and see the nurses who took such good care of Dakota ..he is up to 12.5 pounds a doing so much better then we could ever if hoped for..he is blind but he will overcome that as well!! Thank You Nurses!! Grammy of baby Dakota ( boy )
  • Linda Lester my Son and I didn’t know if we could go up and ask the nurses if they wanted to come outside the unit to see him

A Letter from A Preemie Family

During the RSV Season this article brings even more concern to families and why preemie families insist on proper hand washing.  This article was written by a preemie mom:

Dear Friends and Family,

Truth is, it makes me really uncomfortable to ask you to wash your hands when you enter the house.  I hate that I have to ask if you have had your flu shot and are up to date on your TDaP (pertussis) vaccination.  I am just as upset that I have to cancel at the last-minute because someone in your family, or our family, has the sniffles.  Actually, because we have limited exposure with the outside world, I’m probably even more disappointed to miss your company.

The last thing I want is for you to feel unwelcome in our home or in any way put out because I notice when you sneeze into your hand and then try to touch my son’s hand.  And do you know what?  In most cases, I agree with you when you say that colds are just a normal part of life.  I know you think I’m paranoid.  I understand that it’s embarrassing to be asked about your hygiene. I know your suggestions about immunity building are well-meaning.

I also must tell you, I hear your exasperated sighs and see your all-knowing eye-rolls at my requests.  When you respond begrudgingly, my embarrassment dissipates and is replaced with anger.  It makes me really angry that you could put your pride in your cleanliness and healthfulness over the life of this child.

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You see, Owen is doing remarkably well and has overcome so much in his 20 months of life.  He is so much better than six months or a year ago, but the fact is, he is still a medically fragile child.

This week there have been so many top news stories about the thousands of Americans in the hospital right now due to the Flu.  In Minnesota, one healthy teen has died and another is struggling to live.  As a parent who has watched my child fight to live, my heart breaks for the parents of these children.

At the same time, I am alarmed for my family.

You’ve asked in the past how you can help our family.  The biggest way you can help is this:

  1. When we make plans to see each other, volunteer that you received your flu shot more than two weeks ago.
  2. When you arrive at my house, greet me and the baby and say, “I can’t wait to hold you, as soon as I get my hands washed”.

That’s it.  Those two simple steps will make me feel more support than any other gift you can give.

Maybe, like some say, “paranoid” is the correct word, but really, I don’t care.  I’m just trying to do the best I can for my son.  He won’t always be medically fragile, and while he is, I hope you’ll bear with my requests and support and respect my best efforts to love and care for this child who we all want to see succeed.

Thank you for your understanding, and sticking by our family during this difficult time.

Sincerely,

A Preemie Family

http://aintnorollercoaster.com/a-letter-from-preemie-families/

Most recently Rosie Moore of 27 Miracles was on WKMG News speaking about RSV and in seeing the news and reading the letter above, you will see that this is not something to take lightly. Click on the link below to see the story…

http://www.clickorlando.com/news/Insurance-coverage-limited-for-life-saving-drug/-/1637132/17635758/-/a9ylxxz/-/index.html

27 Miracles http://www.27miraclesbyrosie.com

Email: info@27miraclesbyrosie.com

407-905-5454

Baby Matthew Turns 3, See…Miracles do Happen in This Day and Age

Today Micca and Gerry celebrate Baby Matthew’s Birthday.  By his Chronological age he is 3 years old.  It seems like just yesterday that someone said to these parents, your son will not make it, he was born too early.  But God had the last word and the faith of these parents impacted the miracle that we have today.  Matthew running around like a normal little boy, getting in to things as all baby boys do at this age.  Many blessings and congratulations from 27 Miracles to you Matthew and your parents.

When Matthew came out of the hospital, his parents wanted to do a baby dedication to show God and the world how much they believed in Miracles by dedicating Matthew to the Lord. Thank you to the vendors that made this event successful.

27 Miracles http://www.27miraclesbyrosie.com

Rev Marcus Moore http://www.27miraclesbyrosie.com

Sivan Photography http://sivanphotography.com/

Cinematique Films http://www.cinematiquefilms.com/

Treasured Moments Videography( Trailer for the  video)  http://tmvphdfilms.com/

Party Flavors( Cake) http://www.orlandocustomcakes.com/

RJ Glamour/Centerpieces http://glamourinnovation.com/html_ver/

New Beginnings/DJ http://www.weddingwire.com/biz/new-beginnings-events-cape-coral/2ae73b735803e1d9.html

Harpist Christine MacPhail http://www.orlandoharpist.com/

First Baptist Orlando http://www.firstorlando.com/

Vocalist Christopher Gaitan

Vocalist Laura Knowles

 

The Story of Matthew a Miracle from God:

It was April 2009 when Micca discovered that she was about 4 weeks pregnant, Gerry and Micca were very happy to bring a child into this world, especially Gerry. Elda was one of the first people that found out that Micca was pregnant.  Little did they both know the strong bond of support that Elda would be providing for Micca as she and Gerry were going to embark on a journey of trials.

The pregnancy was a challenge from the first few weeks of conception. During a routine examination of the baby and blood work, it was revealed that Micca’s progesterone level was very low, so the doctor ordered progesterone to be taken up to the baby’s 13th week of gestation. Without the progesterone, the baby would not survive.

The 14th week of life brought abdominal pains.  Gerry tried to comfort Micca and thought that it was normal growing pains.  The pain persisted over the next day.  While she was visiting with her mother in law Rosa she was not feeling well and when she went home, she started to have spotting.  Micca was home alone when she started having bleeding and unbearable pain.  She thought to herself that she had to get to the emergency room. There was no time to call anyone. On her way there, she heard the song, “He’s My Son” and at that very moment she cried out to the Lord for Him to have mercy on her and her baby.  She did not know if she was having a son or not, however she just wanted the baby to be healthy.

While at the hospital emergency room, they did an ultrasound and sure enough they told her she was having a boy and his heart rate was strong.  Along with that news came some more news.  The doctor came in and stated that she has a shortened cervix and the baby would not survive the pregnancy much longer. They will have to deliver the baby and he will not survive.

She asked to be transferred to another doctor and hospital.  She ended up at Florida Hospital under the care of Dr Ahmalt. Soon after she arrived, Dr Ahmalt examined her cervix and informed her that she would only have a 5 percent chance to save the baby.  Micca, with faith in her heart, told the doctor to give her 10 percent and leave 90 percent with God.  The doctor smiled and said “okay, surgery in 7 days”. Within those 7 days, Micca prayed, from morning till night about the coming surgery.  The special surgery, called a Circlage, would help Micca to keep the baby in her womb longer.

Micca remained in the hospital 101 days.  During the 101 days that Micca was in the hospital on bed rest, Gerry never left Micca’s side.  He came to visit every day and spent the night at her bedside after work, despite being tired to encourage her.  Micca had a good support system going with her mom, mother in law, grandparents and sisters. They all brought her encouragement and comfort food while she was on bed rest.

Micca believed that there were three angels that were placed in her life with a purpose, her three friends, Elda, Karen and Daisy.  They visited her faithfully with words of support and encouragement.

Then on an unexpected Thursday September 24th 2009, the baby could no longer stay inside, he was breech, and started kicking and was affecting the cervix staying closed.  Delivery was a necessity. Micca was 27 weeks; she could not hold the baby any longer, as the baby was breech and kicking. The doctor ordered an immediate C-section to prevent Micca from losing any more blood. Micca was devastated at the doctor’s decision because she had sacrificed so long on bed rest and wanted to have a normal delivery time.   Baby Mathew was delivered at 5pm on the 24th of September, 2 lbs 2oz. Gerry had just left an about an hour before all of this happened.  His first reaction was that of shock but at the same time proud that he was a father.

Matthew was admitted to the NICU as soon as he was born. He had tubes and monitors coming out everywhere.  This was very overwhelming for both Micca and Gerry.  At this time the prayers for the baby’s survival started. While praying for Matthew the song He’s My Son” kept coming back to Micca and it gave her strength as she prayed to the Lord…..

Many days and weeks went by with daily visits to the NICU at what seemed good and bad days.  Or as they always said in the NICU two steps forward and ten steps backwards.

Things began to take a turn for the worse in the middle of October.  Matthew began to require more oxygen every day and the doctors eventually found out that Mathew had contracted a hospital borne illness called Seratia, which had gotten into his lungs.  If not treated, Seratia can become very dangerous for a premature baby.  Matthew was also treated with steroids to help with the maturation of his lungs, but Matthew did not tolerate the medications.

Matthew got to the point where he required 100% oxygen.  This lasted months.  To Micca and Gerry this was very scary. During this desperate and trying time, Matthew had two nurses who fell in love with him, Charlotte and his nurse practitioner Lisa. They never gave up on Matthew and kept trying to find out what else they could do to help Matthew.  But at the same time, they knew Matthew was running out of time. Charlotte took care of Matthew like he was her own son. Whenever Micca found out Charlotte was on a shift, she knew this was the opportunity to take a much needed break because she knew Matthew was loved and under the best care possible.

Lisa, Matthew’s nurse practitioner and Dr Goldberg also never gave up on Matthew. They were always trying to find a solution towards Matthew’s care. Matthew’s unstable breathing patterns were not easy to deal with from day one. After a month of being on 100 % oxygen, Matthew’s condition worsened instead of improving.

One Tuesday night the nurses had to manually ventilate Mathew twice because his heart rate kept slowing down to the point that he would not survive if left untreated.   That Tuesday night Micca was working and Gerry was in the hospital with Matthew.  When Micca arrived for her evening visit, the nurse’s face showed nothing but worry for Matthew.  At the same moment, the Doctor on call said, “Mom Adolphe, Matthew may not make it tonight, he is very sick and we are not sure what is going to happen.  The doctor as gently as possible told Micca that she needs to start thinking about the next step” Micca’s faith was once again tested.  She looked at the Dr. right in his eyes and said “As long as my God is good, my son will live and he will come home”.

Gerry and Micca were upset, but they held their head up high, because they felt they had to be strong for each other and Matthew. Micca started to pray Psalm 23.

Micca accepted that God could possibly take Mathew and she committed her son to the Lord and said, “God, May Your Will Be Done”. But in her heart she was dying, crying, asking God for Mercy, telling God to take her instead and give Matthew life. Micca called her mother and told her the news about Mathew.  Micca’s mom, also being a woman of faith said, “My child, close your eyes and let’s Pray.”

Where two or more of you agree together in prayer about anything, you will have what you ask, because I am also there in your midst.  Mother and Daughter agreed in prayer for Mathew’s life and Micca went back to Mathew’s room with a sense of peace and hope in her heart. Micca’s father Orius prayed as well, asking our Heavenly Father to give life to Mathew because of the child’s innocence. Gerry’s mother and sister Jeanette also came to provide support and encouragement to Micca and Gerry.  They cried, telling Matthew how much they loved him and for him to stay strong and not to give up.

During this time, Lisa, Matthew’s nurse practitioner left and care was transferred to Dinorah, another nurse practitioner.  Lisa entrusted baby Matthew in her hands.

At that moment Micca said to herself. “I’m going to fight this battle, not with my own strength, but with prayers lifted to the Lord above. So Micca began to look for God that night with prayers.   The next morning Charlotte, Matthew’s primary nurse was bathing Matthew and as Micca approached the room, she heard her softly whisper “Lord, May Your Will Be Done for Matthew.”

During that time, Micca’s sister in law called her to give her a number to Dr Ajai, a pulmonary doctor.  What a small world, that very same morning Charlotte also gave Micca the number to Dr Ajai.  Dr Ajai and his partner Dr Verma developed a plan to get Matthew off the vent.

That same day Micca cried to God, wondering why He was not listening to her prayers, so she called on Jesus name asked him to speak to God, telling God that Matthew needs Him to please hurry because there is not much time left.  I knew that Jesus would hear my prayer and that he would come to visit Matthew. The Days went by and Matthew was still very critical and sick but as the days progressed Micca kept her faith and believed that God was intervening in her son’s life.

Micca would whisper in Mathew’s ear, small affirmations of faith.  “Don’t worry my son, Jesus will come visit you and he will heal you”. 14 days later, Mathew started to make small improvements and eventually was taken off the ventilator.

As the holidays approached Matthew grew and grew.  He got to wear clothes as soon as he reached 3 pounds.  What joy to see Matthew in clothes that were big enough for a doll to wear.  But with the holidays fast approaching, the news came with the sadness that Matthew would not be home for Christmas.  All around people were rejoicing with their children.  Micca and Gerry wanted to be strong so that they could enjoy Christmas despite what was happening with Matthew.

Right before the holidays Micca met a couple in the NICU named Rosie and Marcus.  They were the parents of baby Kaleb, also born at 27 weeks and a mere 1lb 10oz, just two weeks after Matthew was born.  Micca told Rosie and Marcus the story of how she remembered seeing Rosie walking in to the NICU for the first time.  Without knowing a thing about Rosie and Marcus, Micca prayed for them, even though she had her own set of challenges with Baby Matthew.

The weeks went by and Matthew grew stronger and stronger, despite the fact that he would have set backs after a progress forward.  The last few weeks there was a lot of back and forth on Matthew’s  feedings and whether he could tolerate the feedings or not.  The end conclusion was that he was not tolerating the feedings.

It was decided that On March 12th Matthew would have a g-tube placed to help him with his feedings and bilateral inguinal hernia repairs.  This brought Micca and Gerry back to the day he was born, due to the fear of having him on the ventilator again following the surgery. But it was a necessary procedure and all were hopeful that Matthew would do well.  

The Lord certainly heard Micca and Gerry’s prayers because Matthew had his surgery and came off the ventilator after he was intubated!!!!!!!The preparation started for Matthew to go home in a week. CPR classes, monitor training with the apnea machine, breathing treatment training, medication training, g-tube care and feedings.  WOW!! Very overwhelming!  But the excitement of finally leaving a place that became Matthew’s first home for 6 months was more exciting.

On 3/19/10 Matthew took his first car ride and it was to go to his home with Mommy and Daddy!! The song that came to mind was Celebration by Kool and the Gang:

Everyone Meet Matthew Adolphe, a miracle of God…….

 

Mathew has been a miracle child from the beginning and God’s thumbprint has been all over his life.  Gerry and Micca witnessed the birth of their son. Their friends and family provided much needed support to help them get through one of the most difficult things any couple can ever go through.  Micca and Gerry wanted to celebrate this miracle with you by sharing their story, celebrating Mathew’s life and God’s faithfulness to them.

Let’s rejoice with Micca and Gerry as they have their little Miracle from God Baby Matthew in their arms.

 

Happy Birthday Matthew!!

Watch Baby Aiden’s Memorial Service with Touching Words By His Daddy

It Takes a lot of faith in God and strength to be able to get up and speak at your own son’s memorial service.  That is what Jesse Campbell did, he had enormous faith and strength to be able to speak at Baby Aiden’s memorial; service.  He wrote a song for his three boys that was sung at the Memorial service, touching many lives.  The service was televised through live cast all over the world.  Everyone who prayed for this special little boy born without a windpipe and lived 87 days without one, tuned in to watch this service of celebration.  Watch the video as Jesse Campbell delivers a message of hope for others.  Click on the link then click on Aiden Campbell’s Memorial Service with Jesse Campbell to see this service. Please continue your prayers for this family as they raise their two boys and remember Aiden.

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Aiden Campbell’s Memorial Service with Jesse Campbell