At our tournament this year we will have a baby remembrance of babies that our foundation has helped, or that we have met along our journey of establishing and running the foundation. We believe it is important to share their stories and say their names.
We are remembering Angel today. I met Angel’s Mommy, Christi Moreno, through Hope Mommies. She is the currently Hope Mommies Dallas Chapter President. I want to thank her for her advice, wisdom and her ability to share her heart with me. This is Angel’s story…
September 13, 2016
“On September 13, 2016, we went for our 20 week sonogram, to find out the gender of our 4th baby. My husband and I have three daughters, so we were desperately hoping for a boy this time. Instead of finding out the gender, we heard those four terrible words, ‘There is no heartbeat’, and my heart broke in two. We left the office and went home and told our daughters, the baby they also wanted so badly was not going to be coming home, and my heart broke even more. I remember going to bed that night knowing our lives had been changed forever. On the 15th, we delivered the son we had hoped for, but not the way we had hoped to. Angel was still born due to cord issues. The pain of saying hello and good-bye to our son in the span of a few hours was crushing. We buried our son three days later, next to my grandmother in a cemetery where five generations of my family are buried.
We really miss having a son and seeing what he would have loved doing and what his personality would have been and watching our daughters get the opportunity to be big sisters to their baby brother. To handle my grief, I focus on the hope we have knowing we will see our son again one day in Heaven and the blessings our journey through loss have brought into our life.
Emotionally the loss of Angel still affects us. Our daughters still miss their baby brother and speak about him often. It has brought us closer together. Financially we incurred medical debt and debt for burial expenses, even with some financial assistance from our family.
What the Rhett Sullivan Foundation is doing is amazing and so needed. Not having to worry about the finances and the cost and being able to honor your baby in the way your heart longs to, after having to say goodbye is an amazing gift. We were fortunate to have help from our family, so we could do what we felt was best for our family, but without help we would have had to make decisions based on money and not what we wanted.”