Mom of healthy toddler thanks Tacoma General for life-saving care
August 2010 was a life-changing month for Angie Hart.
On August 7, Hart’s brother-in-law Chadd was killed in Kentucky.
On August 8, the expectant mother was diagnosed with HELLP syndrome and rushed by ambulance to MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital.
On August 9, Bailey Rainn Miller was born by emergency cesarean section – nine weeks early and weighing just 2 pounds, 13 ounces.
HELLP syndrome is a dangerous condition that occurs in less than 1 percent of pregnant women. The cause is unknown, but once diagnosed the goal is to deliver the baby as soon as possible. Because of her condition, Hart was unable to see baby Bailey in person for a day after the surgery. She was devastated, but still remembers the amazing staff members who took photos of Bailey and brought them for Hart to see.
“I still tremble at the thought of what could have happened, but am thankful she was so strong,” says Hart. “We like to think that when she was on her way down to us, her uncle Chadd was on his way up. And they met, and it was then that he told her to hang on, because we would need her.”
“I am in awe. We all are. We got lucky. She fought her fight. We had spells of not breathing, and we would stand with the nurses, ready to act, and we would just say, â€˜Take a breath baby. You got this.’ And she always did.”
Hart’s experience inspired her to name Bailey after another baby born at Tacoma General Hospital. She selected her name from the hospital’s Baby Wall of Fame. Her middle name, Rainn, comes from an unexpected burst of August rain Hart’s ambulance drove through on the way to the hospital.
“She is amazing. Healthy. Happy. Sassy. We still call her our â€˜Fairy Baby,’ says Hart, remembering the unusual silver hair Bailey was born with.
Hart says she will never forget a single staff member, from case workers to nurses, student volunteers to social workers and Tree House volunteers.
“[The] staff went above and beyond anything they had to do … they did it because they care about people. Not numbers,” said Hart. “… And because of all of you, Bailey is here and gets to hear these stories!”
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