Angie has been a volunteer at High Risk Hope for 3+ years. She first heard of HRH when she was on bed rest at St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital while 25 weeks pregnant with twins. On February 20th at 28 weeks pregnant, she gave birth to her son Beren weighing 2 lbs. 9 oz. and daughter Adalyn weighing 2 lbs. 11 oz. They were the most beautiful people Angie and her husband TJ had ever seen. They were the tiny precious gifts they dreamed of for so many years.
Adalyn had a few complications at birth but Beren was in great shape, as strong and healthy as you can hope for with a premature birth. So you can imagine the shock and heartbreak when they lost Beren just five days later. It took a month to learn the cause of his death; an autopsy revealed he had an undetectable infection around his heart. Angie and TJ treasure the few days they had to hold Beren and show him how much they love him. They think about him and miss him constantly. Adalyn remained in the NICU for 95 days. She is now a healthy, sweet, tough 3-and-a-half-year-old and a constant reminder to everyone of how precious life is. She loves going to the beach, reading books, animals and playing with her friends in preschool.
Angie hopes in sharing Beren’s story, families know it is ok to talk about their babies that are no longer with us. Additionally, sharing her daughter Adalyn’s story, one where preemies can – against all odds – have the support and care they need to fight and thrive, helps inspire all who get the chance to meet her. Angie was crucial in developing HRH’s Bereavement Program. Next month, in honor of Child & Infant Loss Awareness Month, she will be shedding light on the creation of our Bereavement Boxes and how they have helped many families in your community so far. We are very excited to have someone as passionate about our mission as Angie. Help us welcome her to the HRH team!