Break out ya Kleenex before you hit the jump, this isht cray…
A cancer-stricken Oklahoma mom shared only a few precious moments with her newborn daughter after she made a decision to refuse chemotherapy – and trade her life to save the baby.
Stacie Crimm, 41, died from cancer in her head and neck last month – just three days after cradling her newborn for the first and only time, and staring deep into her dark blue eyes.
Now 2-month-old Dottie Mae is finally home from the hospital – and capturing hearts with her amazing story of sacrifice and survival.
She was on the front page of the Daily Oklahoman newspaper over the weekend, and her new guardian, Crimm’s married brother Ray Phillips, is set to appear on NBC’s Today show this week, a co-worker said.
“Sister would be so proud,” Phillips, 40, wrote on his Facebook page of all the attention the little girl has gotten. “Now Dottie will have something to show how wonderful her Mother really was. I am amazed.”
Crimm knew how serious her condition was and was shocked and overjoyed after getting the good news and sharing it with her family.
“You’re not going to believe this,” she told her brother, according to The Oklahoman.
Crimm said she took five pregnancy tests to confirm the good news because doctors said she’d never be able to conceive, Phillips recalled.
But elation quickly turned to worry as Crimm began suffering severe headaches, double vision and tremors that wracked her entire body, The Oklahoman reported.
“I hope I live long enough to have this baby,” she said in a message to her brother. “If anything happens to me, you take this child.”
Hospital staff worked feverishly for several weeks to keep Stacie Crimm alive so that she may hold her baby daughter Dottie before she passed away.
Crimm, awake but unable to speak, finally had a chance to touch Dottie’s soft pink skin and feel the weight of her warm, tiny body in her arms.
A photo posted on Facebook captured the incredible moment, with Crimm cuddling the little girl.
Last week, Phillips fulfilled his promise to his sister and brought his healthy, 5-pound niece home from the hospital.
“This still feels so unreal, but it’s God’s world and we just live in it,” he wrote on Facebook. “All I know is that Dottie is a special child and I am uncertain as to how this will all play out.”
As happy as we are for baby Dottie’s health, and the joy that the family is feeling at this time. This is easily one of the saddest stories that we have ever reported on. R.I.P. Stacie Crimm, amazing sacrifice…