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Child from Heaven
Dedicated to Angelica Keikilani
Submitted by Lokelani
My story is not of a romantic love, but is of the purest love anyone could ever feel, the love for a child. I recently gave birth to the most precious angel on December 10, 1999. Angelica Keikilani was born 3 months early and only weighed 1 lb 10 oz. She was beautiful. No one can tell my why she came early, but we all knew it would be a long road until we could take her home.
When she was born her lungs were not fully developed, as well as many of her other organs. The first week of her life was perfect. She was doing wonderful on the respirator and they expected to wean her off slowly, but efficiently. Unfortunately that was not the case, her lungs slowly collapsed and she needed constant chest tubes to help keep them inflated. She also developed several infections in her blood and had repetitive problems with her kidneys. The doctors kept telling me that they could not assure us that she would make it, but they were always very positive because they had never seen such a small baby fight so hard.
Day after day I sat by her litte bedside praying to take her place, to take all of her pain away. I would only leave her when her nurses forced me to go home and get some rest. I would sleep for a few hours and then go right back to be with her. I couldn't bear to be anywhere but close to her. I wanted to do everything to let her know that I was there and that I loved her.
We had many ups and downs, good days and bad days, but in the end the bad days took over. She slowly declined and her tiny body could no longer fight. On January 6, 2000 she passed away in my arms, it was the first and only time I was able to hold her.
Her father and I had so many hopes and dreams for her. We were both prepared to do anything to ensure that she had the best of everything. My biggest dream was to share with her my heritage and my home, Hawaii. Although that dream will never be realized, whenever I go back I will always take her with me, in my heart.