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Mom to Kaleb Mark

August 28, 2011 – May 22, 2012

Cathedral City, California

I found out I was pregnant for the 2nd time on January 11th, 2011. I was labeled as a high risk pregnancy because of our genetics test coming back abnormal. We knew our baby was not going to be 100% healthy, but we were going to love him no matter what. On Aug 28th 2012, I gave birth to Kaleb Mark.

Kaleb came out not breathing and went straight to the NICU, where doctors diagnosed him with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect, and a cleft palate. Kaleb stayed in the NICU for a few weeks until we learned how to feed him from a special bottle. Shortly after being released from the NICU, Kaleb was put back into the hospital for respiratory distress. He had to be sedated and put on a ventilator because he couldn’t breath on his own due to a floppy epiglottis.  Kaleb finally got a little stronger after a month and got to come home on oxygen right around the holidays.

He had such a great personality and was always smiling and laughing even though he had so many health issues. Kaleb was a fighter and he always smiled no matter what doctors had to prick him with or when Mommy and Daddy had to give him breathing treatments and medicine. On May 22, 2012, Kaleb passed away at home due to heart complications at nine months old.

Kaleb was such a bright light that, when that light went out, I was left fumbling around in the dark. In order to change from mourning his loss into celebrating his life, I decided I needed to be that light for other people going through rough times. I decided I would take my crafty skills and turn them into a fundraising project. I started up Kaleb’s Bows to sell bows for a fundraising project for local charities. I am determined to not let Kaleb’s story fade. I’m passionate about helping others and creating bows in my son’s honor. Although the pain of losing Kaleb will never go away, the memory of his smile is something I will treasure forever.

Visit Kaleb’s Bows: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kalebs-bows/338917012871913
You can email Amber at: amberhafley88@gmail.com

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