Monday, March 09, 2009
As before, my partner at work had a baby girl at 26 weeks gestation. Although small, she was gaining weight, breathing on her own and doing rather well. Until she contracted a disease that literally ate her colon and intestines. They did surgery on this little 30 week old infant and removed the part of her colon that was damaged. We don't know if it was the progression of the disease or the disease itself but she lost her battle with life at one month and one day old.
I originally was not going to make the funeral as I was on shift that day. Through the thoughtfullness of management and the willingness of the other crews to take up the slack of a missing ambulance in the system, we were allowed to go the funeral. Keep in mind it was a 3 hour drive there, the viewing, the funeral itself, and the 3 hour trip home. We were literally out of the system for over 12 hours. That's a lot to ask of the other crews and they did so without question or complaint. After all, she was "one of ours."
The funeral was well prepared by the preacher as he focused on what we do know opposed to what we cannot begin to imagine. As we progressed to the grave site, one of our former employees, on his own and without prior knowledge to the parents, arranged a low level fly by from one of our medical helicopters over the grave site. They did this low level fly by not once, but twice as the family stood in awe at the dedication of loosing "one of our own". Haleigh was sent to heaven, literally, on the wings of one of our helicopter as they flew over the gravesite. She, after all, was one of us. . . part of us. . . and family to us.
We parted ways at the gravesite with hugs, many tears and the knowledge that she is in the company of God and his angels. We know that she is no longer suffering, hurting or in need of "man's" interventions. We know that God now has a little angel to keep him company until she is needed to keep us company when we go home to her and to God.
Many condolances to Ben and Michelle as they try and cope with this impossible situation that has been placed in front of them. We love you, we keep you in our prayers and thoughts and we hope you know your CareFlite Family is here for you.