IN MEMORY OF
GABRIEL REESE KEANE
born October 12, 1996 and
died October 22, 1996.
by Kimberly Keane (mommy):
My first born, Gabriel Reese, lived a very short life. He was
born 9 weeks early. I became aware that I had formed antibodies against
my son at 28 weeks. (This is the time for the first Rogam shot) Blood was
taken before the shot was to be given and came back positive for the
antibodies. Apparently I was farther along than the doctors thought and
the damaging process had begun.
Gabriel came into this world very fast, only fifteen minutes of labor and
delivery! He weighed 4lbs, 10oz. What a healthy beautiful baby. I cried
the moment I first saw him, and find myself still crying 3 years later...
Things began downhill five days later. He developed NEC. After
transferring to Children's Mercy in Kansas City, surgery was performed.
He pulled through beautifully and was on the way to recovery. We were so
thankful. However Gabriel did not turn around, other complications ended
his life. I suppose that I could grieve and begin to heal if I believed
proper medical procedures were followed. This what is the hardest for me
to accept. My son was the light in my life. Once it left I have yet to
see that light return. I remember his smile everyday and wonder why? My
life has forever changed. I am grateful to have had the chance to hold
him and whisper in his tiny ear how much his mommy loves him. I cannot
wait until I can hold him again forever.