Warning: You might want to grab some tissues before reading this story about a mother’s sacrifice for her baby’s survival!
At age 41, Stacie Crimm was overjoyed to learn she was pregnant, something she had been told would never happen. However, that joy turned to fear for her child’s life when she was diagnosed with cancer. NewsOK.com reported the touching story of a single mother and the difficult decision she had to make: her life or her child’s.
After Stacie began getting severe headaches and double vision, she knew something was wrong. “I’m worried about this baby,” she texted to her brother, Ray Phillips. She visited several doctors before discovering she had head and neck cancer. After some anguish, she decided to refuse chemotherapy and hope for the health of her yet-to-be-born baby.
On Aug. 16, she was taken to the hospital and her tumor began slowly taking her life. The unborn baby’s heart rate dropped, and Stacie’s own heart stopped. Doctors resuscitated Stacie and delivered 2-pound, 1-ounce Dottie Mae by C-section.
“Sister was dying right there,” Ray said. “She was gasping. The human body fights death.”
After several days, Stacie’s health began to improve and the family still held out hope. However, by Sept. 8 doctors said she was likely dying. And she still had not held baby Dottie.
Nurses Agi Beo and Jetsy Jacob knew it wouldn’t be right if Stacie never got to see the baby for whom she had sacrificed her own life. “This baby was everything she had in this world,” Agi said. They did everything they could so that later that day Stacie could hold her daughter.
In a video interview, Ray describes the bond between the mom and her child. Three days later, Stacie died.
Because a father was never named, Ray and his wife Jennifer now have guardianship of Dottie. “I think she’s a miracle,” Jennifer said. “I just want to do right by her and do what Stacie asked.”
So moving! What do YOU think about this woman’s sacrifice, HollyMoms?