Corey and Kate’s Infant Loss

In April of this year (2018), Corey and Kate Springer of Nashville, TN, found out they were expecting their first child. When Kate was 17 weeks pregnant, the doctor expressed concerns about something he saw on the ultrasound and ran several tests to see what was wrong. Shortly after, Corey and Kate found out that their baby had an omphalocele, a rare abdominal wall defect.

Their doctor referred them to a specialist, who told them that omphaloceles are able to be repaired and do not necessarily impact life expectancy after recovery. Corey and Kate met with a surgeon to discuss their baby’s surgery and the post delivery process in the NICU.

The specialist later discovered that Kate had also developed polyhydramnios, which is an excess of amniotic fluid. A mandatory C-section was planned for Kate in addition to the baby’s surgery.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, Kate arrived at a routine scheduled appointment with the specialist. She was 28 weeks (7 months) pregnant. During the ultrasound, the tech called in the specialist, who gave Kate the news that the baby no longer had a heart beat and that she would be unexpectedly delivering her soon.

Corey rushed home from work to meet Kate and help pack their hospital bags. After spending a long, difficult night in the hospital, Kate delivered their stillborn baby on Wednesday, October 10th, around 5:30 p.m.

Corey and Kate said, “It’s been more difficult than words could ever express. We are devastated. It often feels as if we brought her into this world only to have a few hours to love on her, to say goodbye to the hopes we had for her, and to grieve the loss of dreams we had of our life with her.”

Before they ever found out that their baby had an abdominal wall defect and would require reparative procedures after birth, Corey and Kate had already decided on her name.

They had named the baby Ellie Asa Springer, because Ellie Asa means “God is my healer/physician.”

Corey said, “We simply thought the name was beautiful and had no idea how perfect and meaningful it would turn out to be. Although we desperately wanted her healed and here with us, we are trying to find peace in knowing that God freed her from traumatic procedures and surgeries, and he made her completely whole through this. God truly was her healer and physician.”

The specialist believes that the omphalocele was caused by environmental issues around the school where Kate worked since the rare condition was also found in another employee at the same school, who is 9 weeks ahead in her pregnancy. Kate says she hopes to bring awareness to omphalocele issues and infant loss in the future.

Kate said, “All she knew about this earth was the sound of my heartbeat, Corey’s and my voices, and unconditional love. May our daughter rest in shalom as she waits for us and as we anticipate being reconnected with her in the future.”

Corey and Kate held a burial service for baby Ellie on Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 2 p.m. in Franklin, TN. Obituary 

I’m asking that we help them with this situation as to not cause them anymore heartaches. Small or large donations are appreciated. Please help them if you can. God will bless.

-Harold Springer

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