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Jamie's Hope Fund

Jamie's Hope Fund

Jamie's StoryAs many of you may know, my oldest daughter, Jamie, has battled 2 emergency brain surgeries and 1 sinus surgery after losing their baby, Hope. This life altering battle has taken some strange twists and turns causing us to be on edge of not knowing whether or not Jamie was going to pull through. And this is just the beginning of the long journey to recovery according to the doctors.It started out as a headache on July 31st, 2012, that took her to the Emergency Room and they ended up sending her home with pain medications. Two nights later, she was back at the hospital having Braxton-Hicks contractions. The hospital kept her overnight for 24 hours, and they mainly focused on the well-being of her pregnancy. They provided medication to assist in stopping the contractions and evaluated her over night focusing on her pregnancy. Everything seemed fine to them, so they sent her home again with antibiotics and pain medication. The following morning around 8:30 am, her water broke, taking her back to the hospital once more. She was 5 months pregnant and ended up having a miscarriage. Baby Hope was stillborn on August 10, 2012, devastating us all.The hospital was going to release Jamie the next day, but she got a fever while still having mild headaches, and an MRI and c-scan was ordered and performed. She had a severe sinus infection that required immediate brain surgery to remove the abscess it formed as well as sinus surgery. The sinus infection was so severe that it ate through the bone causing an abscess inside the brain area on the left side behind her eye area. So, she was transferred via ambulance to downtown Hermann for the emergency surgery. Five days later, another c-scan and MRI was performed only to find that the bacterial infection got worse and spread more into the brain, causing another emergency brain surgery. Immediately after the surgery, another MRI and c-scan was performed. This time, the worst of the infection was successfully removed, leaving a portion of the infection that the doctors were not able to remove due to the seriousness of the location and did not want to cause any brain damage.After struggles with fevers and being on high doses of antibiotics, another MRI and c-scan were performed five days later showing improvement. The hospital felt Jamie might heal better if she was in her home environment. So, Jamie was released to go home requiring in-home care for recovery with a pick-line IV and antibiotics fighting off the remaining bacterial infection that was left inside her brain. Now, we wait and hope for a full recovery. At this point, as a family, we have concluded that Baby Hope sacrificed her little life to save her mother’s life. It only makes sense to us, as Jamie had suffered since July 31, 2012 and the medical team did not seem to properly diagnose her of the real issue. We would have not known the seriousness of Jamie’s illness and discover this abscess if it weren’t for Baby Hope. It’s sad, but true. The funeral home was so gracious to honor Hope, our little Angel, by taking care of the expenses to help us lay her to rest after Jamie was released from the hospital. Baby Hope was laid to rest on August 27, 2012 at 4:31 pm. The hardest part was watching my daughter to not be able to lean her wounded head into her own hands and weep over the loss of her child. As they laid Hope to rest, I stood behind Jamie supporting her by holding her with my arms around her, not sure how she would handle this moment. I was so proud of her keeping her chin up as her tears flowed, watching her husband kiss their little child before she was laid to rest. The pain…is indescribable. I’m proud of them both for being so strong.This traumatic experience has taken it’s toll and has caused Jamie’s husband and I to miss a lot of work in order to be by her side to help make sure she gets the proper care needed and makes it through this alive and well. We still have a long journey ahead of us. Many of you have expressed interest in helping us in any way you can during this difficult time. We have been blessed and are forever grateful for having the support and prayers from our family and friends. We are simply amazed by your love and prayers that play a big part in keeping us strong through all of this. We are embarrassed, but after coming to terms the reality that we are struggling to make ends meet due to this unexpected journey, and with the encouragements and advise of friends, we have created a paypal account to help us meet some needs, such as help with rent, electricity, phone (to communicate with the doctors and in case of emergency) as well as food and gas for the appointments. As we fight to help Jamie beat this, we are struggling to make ends meet. We deeply appreciate all of your prayers and any support you can give!*you can click on Jamie's photo to view the video Jamie made of Hope before she passed. You will NEVER be forgotten! Love!

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