After losing her new baby, one mom donated thousands of ounces worth of milk to the hospital in honor of her lost baby's life.
Stephanie Surrey gave birth to her fourth baby, Marion Ohana Surrey. Marion was beautiful and perfect, but she was born with many severe complications. Stephanie knew that her life wouldn't last long. The doctors told Stephanie that they didn't know for how long Marion would be alive, but she would not live a full life. They thought she might only live a couple of hours or a couple of days. Little Marion Surrey passed away only three days after she was born.
Stephanie always thought that Marion was born to help others. She decided that she and her partner were going to donate Marion's organs to help other babies, but Marion was too tiny. The organs would not have been able to be used. Instead, the new mom decided to honor her daughter by donating milk to mothers in need.
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Instead of allowing her milk to immediately dry up, or stopping it from coming in, Stephanie chose to donate it. She thought that Marion would want her to help other babies and mothers in need. Stephanie started pumping and, ounce by ounce, she began collecting milk. It was very hard for her to donate, but she knew that every ounce that she collected would mean helping another mom and child in need. She ended up donating thousands of ounces (hundreds of gallons) of breastmilk. Stephanie was devastated when she no longer could donate her milk. "When I turned the pump in, this summer, cause I had dried up, I cried. I just cried and cried. It was like giving her up all over again," she remarked. "We really recognize that this is really life-saving and life-giving," milk bank director Barbara Carr said.
What an amazing gift that Stephanie has given to hundreds of mothers. It is such a selfless act of service. Most women would not want to pump and donate milk because they would be constantly reminded of their terrible loss. However, Stephanie thought about all of the babies that she was helping. "It's bittersweet because we do know that it's going to help another baby - but we know it's a terribly sad time for a woman to be in that position," Carr said. Thank you, Stephanie, for your unbelievable act of service and thoughtfulness. You have helped so many women and saved them a lot of heartaches.