Her name is Angie, and to me she was not #justanurse

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Cheryl's Nurse PostI had two wonderful nurses in my life when my son Maddux died. I want to share a story about one of them. Her name is Angie, and to me she was not #justanurse

‘My son was born with a condition called Myotubular Myopathy. Sadly, my husband and I made the decision to remove our 6day old son from life support in 2005. That night his nurse was Angie. That night we also hired professional photographer Sandy Puc’ (who would later come to be my cofounder of NILMDTS) to help us create memories of our son. We were moved from the NICU into a smaller private room across the hall. I sat in a rocking chair cradling my son Maddux while my husband sat next to me. Angie sat behind me keeping Maddux’s tubes and wires in the correct position, while at the same time pumping (by hand) that little blue bag that ‘breathed’ for my son. She did this for about 30 minutes. I can’t imagine how uncomfortable she must have been, cramped low behind me. The room was very emotional. I could see through my tears that our photographer was crying, and yes, even Angie, as she silently continued to breathe for our son. When our photographer was finished and had stepped out of the room, Angie disconnected my son from his life support. She told me she was giving him extra pain medication in case he became uncomfortable and then she handed him to my husband. My husband then placed my son on my bare chest and sat beside me on the small sofa. I held my son tightly to me, as my husband held both of us. Angie quietly left the room. She came back in to check on us twice, and the last time she softly told us that Maddux’s heart had stopped beating.’

Thank you for allowing me to share.

And thank you to all the nurses in this world, for your compassion, empathy and care to parents like myself.

Please share with us your most memorable moments of your nurse/your baby’s nurse in the comment section below.

Cheryl Haggard
CoFounder of Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

February 10th, 2005
Presbyterian St. Lukes Hospital, Denver Colorado

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