Friends of E

By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 30, 2010

“Between the 24th and 25th week, something happened, and she wasn’t growing how she should have been,” says Danyelle. “She was maturing, just not growing.” During Emilia’s two weeks at the NICU, she developed a rep for being feisty. She demonstrated a remarkable ability to grip firmly anything within reach, and she was able to digest food after just two days, though doctors predicted it could take six. She inspired the NICU unit, which rallied around her. “She had an amazing personality for someone so tiny,” Danyelle recalls. “She had an impact on the nurses and everyone in the NICU.”

On her 13th day, Emilia suddenly became pale and her blood pressure dropped. She was diagnosed with sepsis, a blood infection, and ultimately was too small to fight it. After a few tense hours, she was gone.

“The world goes on outside, but we were destroyed inside,” says Chris. “She was with us for 13 days, and we look at it as the greatest gift we were ever given, and the NCIU gave us that gift. She wasn’t just a ‘baby in Room B’ — they loved her, they knew her. We want to pay them back, and this [the non-profit] is a great way for Emilia to help all her little friends in the NICU.”

“CALLING ALL ANGELS: A FRIENDS OF EMILIA BENEFIT” | T.T. the Bear’s Place, 10 Brookline St, Cambridge | December 4 at 12:30 pm | 18+ | $12 | 617.492.BEAR or

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