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Israel Lincoln White
Working to create a better experience
for families in the NICU, in Spokane, WA.
MISSION STATEMENT: To bring comfort to families with an infant in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and those who are experiencing a loss of a child, by the donation of care packages and memory boxes. We strive to serve families in the NICU with items to help them through their new journey or recent loss. A NICU can be a scary place even for the ones that have been there. Our nurses and doctors strive everyday to give our babies the best there is to offer. In the NICU few of us really know what it means. NICU means a family, they help make it possible for you to bring home your little one. They eat, sleep and dream about them just as you do. Sometime things don't always work out as planned, and I am here to help comfort those who this happens to. By making these care packages and memory boxes where giving these families more hope in this tough time then they ever thought possible.
ABOUT THE FOUNDER: My name is Jeanne Tucker, I am the founder of Erin's Mercy. To tell you a little about me and how my organization came about, I must tell you part of my story. I conceived mono-mono triplets in September of 2010. My husband and I lost one at 11 weeks of gestation. After losing one of our babies we found out that I was carrying a rare form of twins, known as Mono-Mono (Monoamniotic-Monochorionic) which in means they were growing in the same placenta and sac. They shared everything. The whole pregnancy had been up in the air, because it was a 50/50 chance that one or both of them would survive, due to cord entanglement. Well they both made it! Doing just great, handling the food really well, and just doing everything they needed. Test were coming back with good news all around, it was great. Until, Erin wasn't breathing rite so they put her on the C-PAP. I got a call at 12:40 in the morning from the doctor telling me Erin wasn't able to breathe on her own so they put her on the ventilator, he also said he talked to the surgeon and they were going to evaluate her to see about surgery but they chose not to till the morning. Well in the morning when the surgeon evaluated her they moved for surgery at noon that way they had enough time to try and make her a little stronger. It was so hard to look at her paralyzed from all the medicine. When she went back for surgery, we were told an hour and they would call as soon as she was done. So we went up to see his mom and inform her of everything that was going on. It seemed like it took hours for them to call and I just had a bad feeling so we started back to the hospital, a few blocks down the road we get a call from the hospital I was scared to death. Surgeon said she did really well they barely had to take any of her small intestine, in gave her a bag for her bowls. We rushed down there to tell her what a brave girl she was and that we were very proud of her. After leaving the hospital we went for dinner, when we were getting ready to get on the freeway we got another call, nurse said to hurry up and get back she wasn't doing well. After all the hope we were given if I knew this was going to happen I never would have left. When we got there they were giving her CPR, they said they had been doing that since we pretty much left. Doctor said the best thing was to take her of the breathing machine and hold her so I said okay, I held her in my arms for her last few breaths it’s been the hardest thing ever, now I have one. But even though I lost one I have the exact replica of her sister. Erin was my smile girl and until the day after Erin passed away Ember never smiled, so no matter how bad I just want to scream the only thing I can do it think that GOD may have taken her soul but he left her spirit behind with her sister. I started with natural occurring triplets, lost one at 11 weeks and lost another to an awful disease. Erin Rene Womack was born on March 18, 20011 and past way 04-01-2011, life didn't even give her a shot. She and her sister are the greatest gift life has to offer. Ember was in the hospital for 90days. She weighed just a little over 6lbs when getting out; she had to come home on oxygen though. She remained on the oxygen for about 1 month. We have occasional check-ups at the lung Drs., but their saying that if she does well by the time she is 1yr 1/2; they’ll tell us that she is free to go. That’s so exciting! Her Dr. even says that she is doing as well as the babies her age and they’re not premature. Erin has touched my heart numerous amount of times, even though she can't walk with us or grow to learn her family is and what not. I look at it as she is living her life through her sister Ember. I chose not to hold a grudge onto the past and rather try to look at the joy I had meeting my Angel. My life has been so sweet, I would never change anything. It just wouldn’t be the same and I wouldn’t be as strong as I am today. I still have both my girls with me; their life is just one now. I chose to do this because I wanted to give back to our community and to continue to allow Erin to leave her imprints on others hearts as well as our own. The NICU is a very scary place, and it’s just good to know that someone has you in their prayers.
Care packages may include: Blankets, outfit, beanies and booties, info about the NICU, books, a journal/diary, travel sized lotions/sanitizers, stuffed animals, tissues packs, samples/coupons, disposable cameras, picture frames,etc.. Memory Boxes may include: Journal, bereavement gown, handmade beanie and booties, candle and lighter, picture frame, etc.. Wishlist:
* we would love to have many of these to give to decorate and give to families who have suffered the loss of a child.
If you have lost a child...
The TEARS Foundation is a local 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that seeks to compassionately assist bereaved parents with the financial expenses they face in making final arrangements for their precious baby who has died. Many of the founders and volunteers at The TEARS Foundation have experienced the loss of their own baby, and want to reach out in this way to support newly bereaved parents in their time of devastating sorrow.
Through a network of more than 625 chapters with locations in all 50 states, as well as Washington DC and Puerto Rico, the Compassionate Friends
has been supporting bereaved families after the death of a child for four decades.
GriefShare: Grief Recovery Support
GriefShare is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life's most difficult experiences.
GriefShare seminars and support groups come highly recommended by some of our SIDS families. See their website for groups that meet across the US.
Hospice of Spokane
Hospice of Spokane has a wonderful support group for parents that have lost a child and offer a separate one for children grades 1-12 along with a summer camp.
Support for Stillborn, Miscarriage and Infant Death