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Posted by: Hannah Epker   |   5/15/2011   |   Illinois

My mothers story

My mother Renee Lynn Epker is my world. For the past 15 years I have been attached to her by the hip. We talk, fight, and cry together almost every day. Without her I don’t know where I would be. After watching the No woman No cry documentary I was interested within the birth of my brother Joshua whom I knew had complications. After having a long discussion with my mom I really learned no blessed I am to have her in my life. A month prior to my brothers due date My mother experienced extreme hemorrhaging and immediately called 911. She automatically knew the was a complication associated with her birth. She was rushed to the hospital by ambulance and was met there by her husband, in-laws, and my grandmother. The doctors themselves had no idea what was wrong with her and took a fetal monitor to her stomach. The baby had an irregular heart beat and it was decided he was to be birthed as soon as possible. My mother was knocked out when the C-section was in process. Upon waking up she had met my youngest brother Joshua Aaron Epker. The doctor has indicated she had a disrupted placenta that had formed a blood clot. The blood clot was taking away oxygen from the baby and if my mom did not show up when she did she would have bled to death. My brother was given the name Joshua Aaron because it translates to “God Saved”. Since then my mother and brother are healthy. The Birth complications did take a toll upon my brother. He has multiple neurological complications such as epileptic seizures, tourettes, a low IQ, and is academically challenged. To this day I love and appreciate my family so much. I do not know where I would be without them. Growing up I aspire to be in the medical field (possibly as a nurse) I hope to save life’s of women such as my mother and form long lasting life bonds within family such as what me and my mother have. Renee Epker, mom, I love you with all my heart, and the god you and Joshua 14 years later are safe and secure.


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