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Patient Stories – Everlasting Hope 

It's that time of year again where I think back to the events that occurred in December of 2001. I was 26 weeks pregnant when I learned the baby had died and I would need to deliver a stillborn. Dr. Rudat was my OB and promised to be there through the delivery of our little girl. We admitted to the hospital on December 23rd to be induced, deliver and recover from this life changing event. Baby Kailyn decided it was going to take awhile and we didn't actually deliver until Christmas Eve.

During that two day stay we encountered so many caring staff and physicians. There was one nurse who stood out when I felt I was at my lowest point through the night of labor—Lisa Sperle was assigned to take care of me that night. She virtually never left my side taking care of not only myself but my husband, parents, and mother-in-law as well. At first I didn't see that it was necessary for her to stay because things had not progressed and I was just wanting to get through this horrible set of circumstances. As labor began and progressed, I couldn't imagine not having her right there. Her shift ended and it was time for her to go. I remember thinking "how am I going to do this without her?".

We delivered Kailyn in the early hours of Christmas Eve. Not a day goes by that we do not think of her, but especially as we near the Christmas season once again, we think of the extra special care we received and how lucky we were to have Dr. Rudat and Lisa especially to take such great care of us. Today we are happy to say that two sisters and one brother have been added to our family and we talk to them about their sister Kailyn.

- Jody
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