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Here in the Deran Koligian Ambulatory Care Center amazing things happen when it comes to giving. A father nervously brought in his 5-day-old baby wrapped in nothing but a diaper, onesie and a towel, in on the coldest day during the first week of December. Let’s remind you it was approximately 35 degrees that morning.
He approached the front counter in the Children’s Clinic at 8 a.m., knowing that his newborn baby’s appointment was not until 10 a.m. He explained that his wife, the mother of the newborn, was an inpatient at Community Regional Medical Center on the same campus, and was very ill. He continued to explain that he ran out of “milk” for the baby and did not know what to do.
The Children’s Clinic staff went into action; they searched the clinic to find a sleeper, blankets to wrap this fridged baby in. But one employee did not stop there. Overhearing what was going on, she picked up the phone called her daughter who had just given birth a few months prior and told her to gather whatever she could to help.
Approximately, 45 minutes later Registration Representative Monica Rocha’s, daughter, Kaela, showed up with three bags of baby items that included sleepers, hats, socks, mittens, diapers, bottles and formula. When the bags were given to the man, he was overjoyed with emotion and began to cry. Monica did share that while approaching the building Kaela was stopped by another mother of a small baby who asked if they were giving the clothes away, as her baby did not have much to wear. She took the lady's number and Monica and Kaela have put together a care package for this baby. That mother should be picking up the items this week.
When I was chatting with Monica, she stated, it gave her and her daughter, who is 18, an appreciation for what they have … it feels good to give this time of year. A simple act of kindness possibly saved the life of a baby, created an ease for a nervous father and found another to help.