We are often asked what's the most touching story thus far in our five years of running Abby's Gift. There are many. The most recent is Simon.
We received a call early one morning from a NICU nurse in Texas. This was her first time contacting our foundation so she was very timid in her questioning of our services but now we know why. It was complicated, indeed.
A mother had given birth to a 41-week baby boy on July 30, 2016. She intended to give him up for adoption but made no plans to move in this direction before the birth. So, there was no agency, no CPS, or any intervention efforts. After birth, mom refused to see the baby, hold him, or talk about him. He was placed in the NICU for breathing complications and unforeseen by anyone, died the next day. While in the NICU, the nurses named him Simon. When he died, they were unsure what to do and someone suggested they call Abby's Gift.
During the call, I interrupted the nurse before she could finish the story to ask if she thought the mother was willing to give up rights and allow Clyde and I to "adopt" him. The nurse said the mother refused to talk about him so wasn't even sure if he would be considered under the care of the state or under her care. Fast forward several hours and a hundred phone calls later, the mother signed the papers and Clyde and I were able to be the guardians for Baby Simon. It was so important to us to honor his sweet spirit by showing he was accepted, loved, valued, and chosen.
The kindness of those at Distinctive Life Funeral Home made it possible so that in just a few days, we, along with 27 family members, were on our way to a small graveside service for our little boy, Simon.
Simon B. Gordon
July 30, 2016 – August 1, 2016
For someone who had no one, this lucky little boy had a new family that dropped everything to drive from Houston to Dallas to honor him, love him, and call him our own.