***The story of Wyatt the Lion - pattern can be found below story.***
Wyatt and his brother were born at just a few days past 24 week when their mother went into preterm labor that doctors could not stop. They are currently just past one week old and weigh less then 2 lbs. They have lived their life in the NICU unit at a hospital in San Antonio. In addition to the difficulty that comes from having babies in the NICU fighting for their life, this mother is all on her own as her husband recently got a new job and cannot be with his family without losing that job. In a time like this, income and health insurance is extremely important. The mother, Emma, delivered her twins by C-section on 4/19/14.
Since birth, Zeke has been able to pull through much better then Wyatt who just had to have emergency surgery. On two seperate occasions, the doctors and nurses prepared this mother to say goodbye to a child she has had yet to hold in her arms. Both times, God answered prayer and granted this family a miracle. Since these twins' birth I have thought of them every single day.
When I asked their mother if there was anything I could make them, she asked if I could make them a stuffed toy following the jungle theme (Zeke's will be released soon) that had been chosen for them prior to their birth. She felt that the love that goes into something handmade would send the twins good vibes and I agree with her. And I can promise you, this lion has a LOT of love in it! Every stitch in it was made while I was thinking of this little man and worrying about him.
If you pray, please pray for this family. If you send good vibes, send good vibes. If you can donate items, please get in contact with me (they do live in Texas so breathable material is a good idea) and if you'd like to help in other ways/follow the journey this family is on please check out the following link. It contains written updates as well as pictures and videos of these darling little babies.
This pattern is now for sale on etsy. It can be found here: Wyatt the Lion