Lucia Rae, another of the Morrison sextuplets, died on Sunday. That means only one of the sextuplets is still alive, Sylas Christopher. Sylas remains in critical condition at Children's Hospital in Minneapolis.
Cadence Alana, Tryg Brenton, Bennet Ryan and Lincoln Sean all died over a few weeks in June. The Morrison sextuplets were born June 10 at 22 weeks gestation or about 4 1/2 months early. The smallest of the six weighed only 11 ounces at birth, the largest a little over a pound (16 ounces).
Once again our thoughts and prayers go out to the Morrison family who have have lost five of their six NICU babies.
This prayer goes out to Sylas for strength "to make it through another second, minute, hour and day" * to his parents to endure these challenging times and his angel siblings.
The Preemie's Prayer
Dear God, as you look down upon us,
We know that you might have to squint.
We're located here in the NICU:
It's the nursery that we rent.
There are many alarms and sirens,
Connected to condos and flats.
The nurses tape our booties on,
And dress us in funny hats.
We have a lot in common;
All of us were in a hurry.
For many different reasons,
Our storks came a little early.
Some of us don't know why,
We bursted out from our bubbles.
We entered into this world,
Never meaning to cause any troubles.
Mommy and Daddy are worried sick
About the odds that we must beat.
Please God, help them to realize,
That seeing us grow is a treat.
Breath by breath, we'll learn to breathe.
Ounce by ounce we'll tip the scale.
We're like a boat in the ocean,
That knows not sink- only sail.
For we are living miracles,
Mommy and Daddy must simply believe,
That you have angels watching over us;
From the time we arrive, till the time we leave.
According to the blog entry by Sadye Spirit, this prayer was posted above the sinks where NICU Parents, families and staff scrubbed in at the Progressive NICU in the hospital her preemie twins stayed.
If anyone knows the author of this poem, let me know so I can give him or her proper credits.
Follow up on the Morrison Sextuplets
In November 2007 WCCO did a follow up story on how the Sylas Christopher, the one surviving sextuplet was at home and thriving.
You can read more at their website.
Another Preemie Prayer:
Author Unknown. Premature Baby Prayer. Our Kids. http://www.our-kids.org/Archives/Preemie.html
Other Related Article:
Dyer KA. What can I *say* when a NICU baby dies? June 2007. Available at: http://nicuparentsupport.blogspot.com/2007/06/what-can-i-say-when-nicu-baby-dies.html
Sadye Spirit. August 16, 2006. Preemie Prayer Revisited. Preemies Then Twins Blog.
CBS Broadcasting Inc. July 23, 2007. 5th Minnesota Sextuplet Dies. WCCO.com.
Photo Source: Benjamin Earwicker. Tiny Feet 2. Royalty Free Use. Garrison Photography.