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November 28, 2015

Babies should live 100 years – My Kryptonite

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This has been a landmark week at Show Me Your Stethoscope.  I feel like we have done some tangible things, are planning some tangible things, and really put our mission where our mouth is. 🙂

Of course, we have rules.  And I follow those rules. Except when we plan a special event.  I refuse to make my members wade through 30 Go Fund Me posts to get to the good stuff.krypto

What you may or may not know about me, is that I lost a child almost 5 years ago.  Even hard-ass Janie has her kryptonite.  I want to tell you a story.

Baby Jackson was born on 11/8/2015 in rural Louisiana.  His mama suffered a uterine rupture while in labor.  Despite heroic efforts, Jackson was born with massive and irreversible brain damage.  He lived on a vent for 20 days.



His mother survived the delivery.

Jackson never became conscious.  He never smiled for his mama.  He never cooed, he never snuggled.  I am sick for this family.  I never know if having a child for 17 years and losing him is worse or better than losing a child essentially at birth.

It gets worse.  Can you believe it gets worse?

The area where Jackson was born is so poor and rural that the local funeral home cannot even afford to give the customary free funeral for babies.  So they cannot bury him.  I called the funeral home and verified this. Talk about cynical

So, if you can….. five dollars. Don’t buy me a christmas present, whatever. Miss a cup of Starbucks.  I don’t know.  I have no right to ask you to do any of that.  But I remember the day my child died, and I am pretty sure I could not have handled being unable to pay his final expenses.

Ok, it’s true.  I am not as big and bad as I thought I was.  But I didn’t post a Go Fund Me on the page.  So there.



Jackson’s Go Fund Me Page

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