The Button's Recovery Fund
On August 3, 2015, Paloma and Frank were enjoying an uncomplicated labor process and were celebrating the impending arrival of their first child, Elsie Button. The doctor had checked Paloma earlier in the day and she was doing well in the early stages of labor. Unfortunately, at 12:04, Paloma started experiencing chest pain and difficulty breathing. By G-d's good grace, the doctor walked in to check on Paloma, and at that moment Paloma passed out and stopped breathing. The doctor rushed her into an emergency c-section and at 12:08, Elsie Button was brought into this world. Due to Paloma not breathing, Elsie was also not breathing. The doctor's were quickly able to resuscitate Elsie, while also continuing to work on Paloma, who was hemorraghing, and not breathing. Thanks to the medical team's expertise, they were able to administer CPR, give blood, and save Paloma's life.
Since August 3rd, Paloma has been in the ICU fighting for her life. Her heart and lungs took a hit during this incident, as well as her kidneys and liver. Anyone that knows Paloma knows that she is a fighter. As such, she is fighting a good fight and we are now rounding the bend and starting to look at her long term recovery. As of today, she is still on a ventilator and has had three days of dialysis to help support her weakened kidneys. We are not sure how long she will need dialysis to support her healing kidneys.
The best news is that Elsie is healthy and has been discharged to her daddy. They are staying in the hospital to be near Paloma, and family has been here to support them.
We now know that Paloma suffered an amniotic embolism. A condition that strikes 1 in 100,000 women during delivery with a 15% survival rate. Paloma is already a miracle! We have faith that she will pull through this and survive, but it is going to be a long road of recovery. They are projecting another month in the hospital, followed up with physical and occupational therapy once she is home. At this point in time, we are not sure how long Paloma will be unable to work. Frank was supposed to start his new, post army life, job today, but obviously is unable to start due to these circumstances. His employer has been gracious in extending his start date, but we do not know how long it will be until he is able to start work.
The bills are likely to grow:
1) Expenses related to living in the hospital - (Many have volunteered to cook meals, which has been a huge blessing!)
2) Medical Bills not covered by insurance - (an unknown at this time, but a huge stress to the family who is concerned about not being able to make those payments)
3) Loss of income related to Frank's delay in starting work and the delay in Paloma's return to work
4) Travel costs and loss of income for the family members who have traveled to support Frank and the baby during this time, and those that have committed to come help support Frank and Paloma until she is well.
We have set up this GoFundMe to try and raise some funds for this miracle family. This past week has felt like a decade, and our goal is to try and reduce some of the impending stress so the next few weeks don't age this family anymore than they already have.
The doctors were able to lower her sedation enough for her to see baby Elsie for a few minutes last week. This is the Button family's first family photo. We can't wait to share more as Paloma continues her recovery.
3320 Mesa Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80904.
We are asking everyone to celebrate her life by not wearing black. Thank you!
Paloma Button, 29, of Elbert, Colorado, passed away on August 12, 2015 after suffering an amniotic fluid embolism (AFE) on August 3, 2015 during the birth of her daughter.
Paloma was born on February 22, 1986 in Las Vegas, Nevada, the daughter of Anna Florez. She attended school in Las Vegas and graduated from Votech High School in 2004. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice in 2014.
During her full and loving life, she also resided in Germany, and relocated to Fountain, Colorado in 2011. This past year, Paloma and her husband were blessed with the news that they would be expectant parents and chose to make a home and a life for their family in Elbert, Colorado.
Paloma worked at USAA Federal Bank for the past four years where she was recently promoted to Manager with Financial Solutions. At USAA, she was also a member of the Military Spouse Support Group as a beloved Army Wife to the love of her life, her husband, Frank Button.
Paloma is survived by her husband Frank Button and daughter, Elsie Anna Button, of Elbert, Colorado; her mother, Anna Florez, and her nieces, Elsa and Jessica Mariscal, of Las Vegas, Nevada; and her close friends, members of the Button family, and the multitude of people whose lives she touched.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by the Love Funeral Home in Limon, Colorado. A Celebration of Life will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, August 20th, 2015 at the Garden of the God’s Club. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you send donations to Elsie’s College Fund payable to: Legg-Mason (please write “Elsie Button Educational Fund” in the memo line). Envelopes will be available at the Celebration of Life and can also be mailed to SJS Attorneys, 231 E Vermijo Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.
Garden of the God's was one of Paloma's favorite places and it is an honor for us to be able to celebrate her beautiful life at this location. Because this is a Celebration, we are asking everyone to not wear black. Paloma wouldn't want this to be a dark or somber event.
A copy of her obituary will be posted as soon as we have a copy.
Thanks again for all the love and support.
We are in the process of planning her memorial. We hope to have it next Wednesday evening so that people have time to travel or get off work. At this point, location and time are not set but we promise to update as soon as possible.
Again, thank you all. While we are not surprised by the amount of love for Frank, Paloma and Elsie, we sure are grateful for it.
The funds raised here will go towards supporting Frank and Elsie, and to honor Paloma's legacy.
Thank you all for all the love and support you have already given. The family has been left speechless by everyone's kindness and generosity.
Our hearts are incredibly heavy to learn of the loss of Paloma. We UNDERSTAND this unspeakable grief as we have walked alongside many families who have been affected by AFE or amniotic fluid embolism. On behalf of all of us at the AFE Foundation we share in this grief and will be here for Frank and all of Paloma's family and friends. For more information about AFE please visit our website at www.afesupport.org
It has been one year. And there is still a hole in the world we all knew. I don't know if anybody still sees this gofundme I started but I must thank you all. As an update, Elsie has just turned one year old, and Paloma has a very beautiful headstone. May her love and joy never truly leave our world. Thank you all so very much for everything that was done.
So sorry for your loss. I have a 4 month old healthy son, and my wife and I have an overabundance of breast milk that is piling up in our freezer. Let me know if you are interested in this. We will donate a ton of it. We are located in Pueblo.
No words to explain the pain we are going true, our beautiful Paloma .RIP . God Bless her husband Frank and baby Elsie and keep him strong . We will always be here for them. Palomita you took a piece of our harts with you till we meet again my beautiful nice and goddaughter.
I just wanted to tell you how surprised and saddened I was to hear of the passing of Paloma she always seemed so happy and full of life.Please extend my sympathy to your family and know that I am thinking of you all at this sorrowful time. There are no answers to comfort your grief,only lasting love and precious memories we are thinking of you during this sad time.
Sgt. Button and baby Elsie we are heartbroken to learn of your beautiful Paloma's passing. We are so sorry for your unimaginable pain and loss. You will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Jennifer and Michael James Dau
Sending prayers and love to your family. Our hearts are broken, and Paloma and her beautiful spirit and smile will truly be missed .
My condolences for the family. May there be peace during this difficult time.
We are so broken hearted for you Sgt Button, Elsie and your family. God be with you in this time of grief and healing. Paloma truly is an Angel. She will be truly missed.