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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Isaiah's Miracle - The MISS Foundation


Some days I really hate my job.  It comes complete with people who really believe that the world owes them something, anything, everything!  My job also comes with a complete list of limitations that I have to work within which makes the job that much more difficult.   I went into work and had a message on my phone that said that there was a new mother the hospital.  Her son, Isaiah, was born with a terrible birth defect and passed away a few minutes after arriving into this world.  The mother was distraught; the staff was having a hard time with her.  To add insult to injury, the family did not have the support or the resources to bury their baby.  She needed help.  
I went to her room and talked with her.  She apologized for her "temper tantrum" as she put it, and said that she didn't know what she was going to do.  I promised that I would do my best to help, not knowing at the time what is was I could do.  My co-worker had already been on the phone with one organization who said they wouldn't help because Isaiah had such a terrible defect.  I was stunned by that comment.  I spent the rest of the day on the phone and the internet looking for resources.  For the family not to have closure with their son was unthinkable to me.
I came across a web site for parents of stillborns, the MISS Foundation.  I e-mailed them hoping for a telephone number, anything to get me to that next step.  I told them about the situation, what I had done, and what I needed.  And then I said a silent prayer and hit the send button.  Within 2 hours, I had the help that I needed.  Thanks to this wonderful organization, Isaiah's family will have the peace and closure that they need.  I am still in awe of this miracle, and to me, it is a miracle for this family that unmet friends reached out to this family in such a dark time.
The MISS Foundation is an organization for families of still born children.  They help with support for families, educational materials for both professionals and non-professionals, gentle help in planning of the funeral (that guide I printed out for the Mom, she was so grateful for that help.), and so much more.  This group runs on volunteerism and donations.  Please visit them at : http://missfoundation.org/     

6 comments:

Kay said...

You are wonderful ! The world could sure do with a few more like you in it ! Bless you for being so caring and taking time out to help this poor young mother who had no-one to turn to !

NEW YORK CBRS BILL said...

I am very familiar with the MISS organization. It is a wonderful thing that you did for this bereaved mother.

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Daffie Online said...

Thank you for the nice comment on my blog :-)

I just read this blogpost and your story is heartwarming! I guess these are the days that you really enjoy your job as well!

Alberta and Ava said...

Thank you for sharing this. I will visit the website and contribute. Your story really touched my heart.

Lorraine said...

what a good thing you did today for that poor woman..some people believe that good deeds are rewarded back to you ten fold.

Dr. Joanne Cacciatore said...

Thank you for posting this. The MISS Foundation is a resource for all families when children die, any age and any cause. I worked with a mom today whose 43 year old "baby" died... the death of a child is always tragic beyond words.

Thank you for all you did to help this family.