An Angel's Story

Sadie Kate

Sadie was our little miracle. We may have only gotten eleven months with her, but in that time she showed us what really matters in life.

We know we are better people because we were her parents. She taught us more in eleven months than some will learn in a lifetime.

You never get over the pain of losing your child, but you can more forward to honor their memory in positive ways.

That is exactly what we are doing, and we hope to make Sadie proud every day. Get to know her story.

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Sadie was the first of the girls to be delivered. She weighed in at just two pounds, three ounces, and was fourteen inches long. She was tiny and fragile, but she was strong. Her sister was delivered shortly after and then they were whisked away to the NICU. 

At two weeks old Sadie became very sick with necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), an intestinal infection. There is no one known cause for NEC and no cure. It is treated symptomatically and on a case-by-case basis. Sadie's infection was severe, the worst it can be. They prepared us to say goodbye to her that night.

For days she was extremely critical. We weren't able to hold her. We couldn't even touch her without causing her vitals to crash. She eventually stabilized, but it wasn't long before she was really sick again; this time she had E. Coli meningitis. She had begun having seizures. Although this was rapidly brought under control, the damage to her brain was immense.

Between the intestinal loss (less than 20 cm remained) and the widespread damage to her brain, we knew we would not get a full life with Sadie. But we knew we'd give her the most love and the best care any parent could give while she was here. We did just that, every single day.

On April 2, 2015, just four days before we should have been celebrating the girls' first birthday, sweet Sadie lost her fight. We have an angel watching over us now. Our family still honors her memory and her spirit is very much alive in our home.

Sadie's Purpose works hard every day to make her proud and help families in her honor. She was a true fighter, and she exemplified the fighting spirit of a preemie.

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