Stella Kay Hall was born on 7/8/17 at 2:02 am in the morning. She was 6 lbs and 8 ounces of pure joy. Stella was twin B. She was welcomed into this world with her twin brother, Nash. They were the perfect addition to our family. Stella loved to be held. She was the sweetest girl. After a trip to Colorado for Spring Break, Stella spiked a fever. We took her in to our pediatrician immediately the next morning, Monday 3/19/18. She was diagnosed with a viral infection. They performed a deep suction on her and told us she had a lot of drainage. The pediatrician advised to give it until Thursday and bring her back if she wasn't better. She was not better the next day. On Wednesday morning, we scheduled another appointment at the pediatrician. Howie took her to the doctor that morning with a list of symptoms from me. She was vomiting, lethargic, had a fever, not eating, not drinking, and was having trouble breathing. They listened to her lungs and took all of her vitals. The nurse did another deep suction to clear "drainage". We were so thankful, she finally received an antibiotic as she tested positive for strep throat (Group A Strep). We gave her two doses of her antibiotic that day. Her pediatrician assured us that she would be better in two days. Her appointment was at 10 am on 3/21. Howie got home about 1 that day after a long wait and retrieving her prescription. I took Stella to bed with me that night as I was afraid she would aspirate as she was still vomiting. I fell asleep around 12:30 am and woke up to her lifeless body at 4:30 am. Our baby girl was welcomed into the arms of Jesus early in the morning on 3/22/18. She was 8.5 months old. Over the next weeks, we would find out that our princess had Group A Strep in her lungs (pneumonia with empyema), middle ear infection, and she had sepsis. We never knew the signs of sepsis or that Group A Strep was so dangerous and could be invasive. We never want another family to suffer such a great loss. We have created Stella Saves Lives to honor our girl by bringing awareness and funding for research to childhood illnesses such as Strep A, helping other grieving families, and educating individuals on sepsis, particularly pediatric sepsis.
We love you and miss you all the way to eternity! We will make you proud, our beautiful Stella girl.
Mommy (Laura), Daddy (Howie), Hayden & Nash
We are hopeful that her foundation will bring awareness of childhood illnesses, support research, and help other grieving families when tragedy such as ours strikes.