Grant's Story

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Grant Kelton Wheeler
February 4, 2007
 

On February 4, 2007 our precious little boy Grant Kelton Wheeler entered this world for but a moment. He was perfect in every way—from his beautiful little nose to his perfectly formed hands and his ten tiny toes.

Grant died from parvovirus B19, which in rare cases causes severe fetal anemia leading to a serious condition called "hydrops fetalis" and inflammation of the heart muscle. The problem was discovered the day before Grant passed away and because of the severity of his illness there was nothing that could be done to save him.
 
We left the hospital, went home and crawled into bed. We told Grant how much we loved him and how sorry we were. I sang him his last lullaby, a song that I sang to him every night before I fell asleep. Kevin and I embraced my stomach and sometime in the early hours of Feb. 4, 2007, Grant passed away. He was born later that day—beautiful and calm. We knew when we looked at him that he had gone in peace.

It is a comfort to know that Grant did not suffer and simply just went to sleep. All he knew in his short life was warmth, security and love. He will be forever loved and missed by his family, but we take comfort in the fact that he is resting with Jesus and will be reunited with us in heaven.

 

While the staff and doctors at the hospital where Grant was born were amazing in every way, one of our biggest regrets was that we did not ask to keep the hospital blanket that Grant was wrapped in, as we have so little to remember our baby by.

 

Grant's Gift has been established in loving memory of our son and in hopes that other parents in our situation will have one more tangible item to remember their child by.