Burial For Nikiena & Jace Rettig (mom & baby)

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Raised by 554 people in 13 days
Created July 9, 2019
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on behalf of Nancy Ridgeway
I am writing this because Dana Allen is like family to me, one of my own. Her family suffered an unimaginable trauma today. Instead of bringing home a baby, they are planning a funeral for her sister & baby. This is one of those stories that shouldn't happen in this world of medicine.

Today, July 9th, was a normal day- Nikiena Rettig's due date. She went into labor, which never happens on a due date. She had a normal,  happy, uneventful pregnancy.  Her story didn't start there though. 3 years ago,  the father of her 2 daughters, her husband- Stephen, he didn't wake up one morning. He was epileptic, had a massive seizure in his sleep.  It was fatal, leaving her & the girls behind.

This new baby Jace, and her fiance, this was a whole new life start for them all. She went into labor, right on the due date which never happens. Labor progressed normally. A little after 2am thia morning, the anesthesiologist at Springhill Baptist  placed the epidural.  Niki immediately went into cardiac arrest. The anesthesiologist had threaded it into a vein, not her spinal column. The anesthetic went straight to her heart. She coded. They brought her back, did an immediate c-section to get Jace out. It wasn't successful, Jace couldn't be revived.  They tried to get Niki into surgery as she was losing blood, and continuously coding, but couldn't stabilize her. They brought a team from the Heart Hospital in with equipment, but were too late. Niki would go on to code 4 more times, and the last- they couldn't bring her back. Jace left this world around 2:30am, and Niki right after 12pm. 

She is leaving behind 2 beautiful little girls, who now have NO PARENTS. Their father & mother are both gone now. Their mom left home last night, and they expected her to bring them a baby sibling back. They had no idea it was the last time they would see her, and that there would be no baby. 

This family is very close to mine, they are beyond devastated. These are expenses  they never expected and aren't prepared for. A double funeral, for mama & baby, it isn't cheap. And we want to see them buried gracefully, with respect. Any amount helps, even $5. Anything left after the services will go towards care for the girls. Niki worked part time as an LPN in a nursing home, she did Paparazzi Jewelry sales. That doesn't come with much life insurance.  Again, I stress ANYTHING helps!!

This family expected to bring a baby home tomorrow,  instead they are making arrangements for a double funeral.
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Thank you ALL, so very much! When I opened this, I NEVER expected this response. We just wanted to help a family that means a lot to us. They have for more than a decade. No one ever expected this to ever be how this ended. Never in a million years. Women shouldn't be scared to have a baby these days. It shouldn't be like this, this shouldn't have happened. We are so grateful for the love and support you have shown this family. And as already said, anything above the funeral expenses go towards helping the family with expenses, and towards the future support of the girls.
Thank You!
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Just a note.. As it is nearing the goal for the funeral, and everyone is so grateful for that- We never expected to even cover that cost! Thank you all so so much! We are hopeful that we MIGHT go over that goal, so that there is a little something left to help with the unexpected costs etc, and something to help care for the girls. These little girls are now left without BOTH parents. The generosity everyone has shown is so appreciated, and so unexpected. It's given me back some faith in humanity, something I'd lost a long time ago. You all have shown me there ARE still great people in this world!
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For those asking in comments, the funeral arrangements are now posted online with Moore's Funeral Home in Cabot. For those that have asked about other ways to donate directly instead of the campaign, Moore's can accept those donations. I meant to post this yesterday after getting the name of the funeral home & forgot.

Again, thank you all so very much for helping this family at such a horrible time.
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I have added Nikiena's mother, Nancy Ridgeway to the campaign now as the beneficiary. That's why you see the name change of 'benefiting'. I did raise the goal, as I didn't realize the expenses involved, and I'm really hoping that there may be some left over for the girls. Also, Nancy came here from Pennsylvania for the birth of her grandson, and became faced with this horrible tragedy that no mother ever wants to face, and far away from home. This is a wonderful family, that had already been faced with losing the girls' father, and now their mother and baby brother. I couldn't imagine walking in those shoes right now. My heart is with her. Thank you for everything you are doing.
-Sherrie
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Raised by 554 people in 13 days
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