His family came to us in 2017 when his Mom contracted the flu at 26 weeks gestation. His dad, a medically retired soldier was asked to choose between his wife and his unborn son. The medical professionals delivered the baby in order to focus on life-saving measures for the mom. The baby was placed in the neonatal unit and his own fight to live began. Both mom and baby really struggled hour by hour and it was a roller coaster of emotion and physical exhaustion for dad to try and remain by the bedside of both.
Each week that passed brought highs and lows, but slowly, mom became stable, then became well. For two months, “the baby” fought to gain weight, to breathe on his own and to survive and survive he did. After months in the hospital, this new little family went home to start their life together. They shared his name, Asher, and we had a Fisher House volunteer make him a quilt with his name on it. We were able to care for this family, keeping them together for hope and healing because of our generous community.
Fast forward to the summer of 2020, his mom, pregnant again with another son, went into early labor at 36 weeks, enter Baby Atticus. Our Fisher House of the Emerald Coast was available again to provide care for this family and the same volunteer made the new baby his own keepsake quilt. The dad wrote a sweet note.
“I'm not sure you remember me, but about 2 1/2 years ago, my wife and I had a son, Asher, born at 26 weeks. My wife almost passed away during that time, and you helped us out tremendously.
Just recently, we had another preemie. He was a lot further along, and was almost 7 lbs at birth. He only had to spend about 19 days in NICU. You helped us out again this time.
I wanted to reach out and personally thank you. I will be forever indebted to you for everything you've done for us. Atticus was discharged last night, and we checked out at sunup and are now back home. During his NICU stay, I had to leave and come home to graduate college. Without you, my wife would've been sleeping in a van in the hospital, as she was determined not to leave him.
Again, thank you so much for everything you've done for us. You truly are a guardian angel!!!!”
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