In July of 2008, Carrie and her husband Casey were getting ready for what was supposed to be the best day of their lives. Carrie was scheduled to have a routine induction. It was the day they would meet their baby girl.
Unfortunately, the routine induction did not go as planned. Carrie felt a moment of pressure and watched as her daughter’s heart rate dropped completely off the monitor. Nurses frantically got Carrie to the operating room so they could perform an emergency c-section and attempt to resuscitate their baby daughter.
Though they were able to resuscitate baby Abigail, the doctors were not optimistic. She was rushed to Jefferson University Hospital within hours of her birth to receive a treatment called head cooling. Carrie and Casey were told to expect the worst. They were told that even if Abigail did survive her first week, she may end up requiring life support.
They took photos of baby Abigail so they would remember her. They grieved. They had her baptized. They went through the emotional ups and downs of watching her make a little bit progress followed by another complication. They prayed, hard. They couldn’t bear to leave the NICU.
Yet little Abigail hung in there. She opened her eyes. She ate through her NG tube. She peed. She gained weight. She made a miracle happen.
Both Carrie and Casey will always be grateful to the doctors and nurses in the NICU at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia for more reasons than words can say. To show their thanks and to help out other families in their situation, they have started the Team Abby Foundation.
The mission of the Team Abby Foundation is to provide comfort and support for families facing extended ICN (Intensive Care Nursery) stays at Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia by providing them with Care Bags full of necessities to ease the burden of ICN living. Team Abby donates items to NICU’s for families there for long-term care.
The foundation would love your help in collecting items for care bags to donate to other families in need of support. Some of the items they hope to get donated are; baby blankets for swaddling and cribs, board books, loveys or other stuffed animals and gift cards to eateries close to the hospital. If you can help in any way, the Team Abby foundation would appreciate your support.
Donated items don’t need to be expensive, just as long as they are baby-friendly. Items should be small enough to fit in a Care Bag, but large enough not to be a choking hazard. Are you someone who loves to knit? They would love handmade creations too! For sanitary reasons, loveys and stuffed animals need to be new. Click here for A Buying Guide for Care Bag Donations. If you have other items to donate, want to volunteer or would like to help out in a different way, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the Team Abby Foundation, go to http://ourabigail.blogspot.com/.