Name: Louise Carter
Tell us a little bit about your family.
We are the Carters - Brian Sr., and Louise. Our children are
(9), Brian Jr. (8), Jack (5), and Lewis (3). The dogs are Sam, Doug and
Taco, and we have a beta named Blue.
How has your family been impacted by the Melissa George Neonatal Memorial Fund?
Jack was born full term, labor was normal, pregnancy had progressed without incident but Jack was not breathing well and we spent five scary days in the NICU on oxygen with a very wonderful group of caregivers. They were able to provide what he needed (oxygen warmth IVs) even though the nature of his difficulty was not immediately apparent. But eventually his body kicked in and he started oxygenating on his own and we moved on. Without an intensive care unit, who knows what kind of damage my little boy would have sustained to his bright little brain from lack of adequate oxygenation? He was struggling to breathe so much and I don't believe he could have eaten, so maybe he would not have thrived either. Hard to know. I remember the NICU with extreme gratitude when he is telling a joke or singing something with the radio or writing his name. Or just flashing one of his charming smiles.
Why did you choose to get involved with the Miracle Bash/Swim for Melissa?
I saw some of the things that come from this kind of fundraising first-hand. Little things like rockers to sit in while waiting to hold your baby. Small pillows the mothers could use. Seems like there was more and now the details have faded but the impression is still there.
Why do you think is the mission of the Melissa George Fund is important to our community?
We have to give the babies a fighting chance.
What’s your favorite part of the Miracle Bash/Swim for Melissa?
My kids would say the prizes for the fundraising or maybe the snow cones at the pool.
What would you say to someone who’s never been to the Miracle Bash or Swim for Melissa?
It is an awe-inspiring activity that allows the kids to help the babies, which is a great way to prepare them to give back to the community as adults.
What kinds of things do you and your family like to do for fun?Go to the beach, jump on the trampoline, play tennis and spend hours at the ball park playing whatever sport is in season.