Aiden McCullers, spending the little time that I had with you were the best moments of my life. You were my heart. I love you very much and would not trade my memories of you for anything. And your precious smile lives within me. Heaven is truly blessed to welcome you as one of God’s angels. Mommy and Daddy will never forget. Love you, son.
Aiden was born at 24 weeks exactly. He was a strong, thriving preemie. He came into the world putting up a good fight. He fooled me and his doctors. He said to us, every day, “Look what I can do. I will show you.”
He stayed strong and willing to fight for 2 months and 16 days. Then all of a sudden, on that 17th day, his fight was lost. He caught sepsis and shut completely down. And that was the last day that he would be with us. And even then he had his same precious smile on his face. He went away saying, “I was the talk of North Carolina’s NICU. And guess what? I will continue to be.” Because his story will be told to weary mothers and fathers that come thru the system with little hope to let them know even though his fight was short, It was a great one. Don’t give up because preemies are stronger than you can imagine.
I would like to thank Aiden’s primary nurses from North Carolina’ Raleigh NICU… Ms. Joan, Ms. Ann, Ms. Linda, and Nurse Moase (sorry that is spelled wrong). For taking extra care of my angel, you women made me feel like you were his second mothers, and I’m quite sure he felt the same. And a special thank you to MD. Muhammad and MD. Maitra for getting me as far as I did with him to at least have a chance. I will never forget any of you.
— Shachisha Wiggins and Darren Mccullers (Aiden’s parents)