Wednesday, November 29, 2006


I knew that when I started taking care of babies at the foster home that I was not going to be able to save every baby and there times that I prayed so hard over Susan because I was scared that she was going to die in my arms. We went for more than a year before I got a baby that I could not save. Last night, we came face to face with that again. Hank was taken of the respirator and died shortly afterwards. My prayer that it be quick and painless was answered, for which I am so grateful.

The doctors were sure that he had some irreversible brain damage and in spite of the high oxygen content that were being pumped into his lungs, he had really low levels of it in his blood. I knew this impossible decision of what to do was coming and I needed to be able to make it with his best interest at heart. After talking to Dr Hicks and Kay we agreed that this was the best way. I was really at peace, which was a good sign.

Once again Kay was stalwart as can be. The girl is a keeper and the most fabulous volunteer you can wish for. She helps me in ways that I can not adequately explain. Last night, she took care of Hank and made all the arrangements even though it was painful and brought memories back of Aaron.

I am so grateful for the opportunity we have had to take care of Hank. I know he was well fed and loved by many people who mourn him. He did not die hungry, unloved and alone.

I am grateful for your prayers on our behalf and for all the letters of encouragement you have written.

Hank's foster mom,


krothi said...

Very sorry to hear about Hank. Have been praying for him. Must be heart-wrenching. God's peace on you and everyone in your household.


Anonymous said...

I know what it feels liike to lose a baby!((hugs))
RIP Hank

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry about your loss of this precious baby.

Anonymous said...

My heart is heavy for this loss. I am so thankful for people like you, Kay and all those who help you every day. These babies at least have a chance and feel the love of a family while they are in your care.

With love,

Flower's grandma Jensen

Mommy said...

Peace be with you Hank. You were very loved by many people near and far.


Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for the loss of dear sweet Hank! Thinking of you all and the other sweet little ones...


Anonymous said...

Dear Fisherman,

Your site is flying around our community like wildfire. We are praying for you and encouraged by your faith. May you rest in the BIG arms of Jesus and He leads you, gives you strengh, direction, hope, laughter, provision and tender love.


mum2brady said...

Amanda, I'm so sorry to read this. I'm glad that Hank is at peace and not suffering anymore, but I am so sorry for his loss.

You are in our thoughts and prayers!