Eva's Life-Giving Memorial Walk: evalife-giving.weebly.com/
Baby Eva Ackerman came into this world bright eyed, strong, and healthy. Two weeks after going home, she came down with meningitis. She never got to come back home.
"Her name means life giving and I think she gave us so much life and so many experiences." said Elizabeth Ackerman
Her name was Eva. She came into this world on December 9th. Her parents, Pat and Elizabeth, loved every minute of the few weeks they had with her at home.
"We saw her smile, we got bath time. We saw her scoot herself across her mat. We got to hold her, feed her..." said Elizabeth.
It was Christmas Day, a few weeks after Eva was born, that this family's world would change forever.
"She started to get sick and we had taken her to Urgent Care earlier that day and she was fine."
Six hours later, Eva still didn't seem right. She was fussy. Her parent's instincts told them to take her to the emergency room. They were right.
"She was diagnosed with late onset group b strep, meningitis." said Elizabeth.
Eva was taken to Children's Hospital and Medical Center. She never got to come back home.
It has been eight months since Eva's death. The Ackerman's say there are still signs of her all over the home
"I don't think the sadness ever goes away." said Pat.
"Her bedroom door has stayed close. I don't go in there often."
Her parents are sharing Eva's journey in hopes it will raise awareness about Meningitis. They also want to send this message to parents. If you think something is wrong with your baby, take them to the hospital.
"It happened so quickly with Eva. We felt we should go to the emergency room even though it was something so small." said Elizabeth.
And because they acted quickly, it gave them more moments with their beautiful baby girl.
"We were still able to spend time with her...so much more time with her than we would have had we not responded the way we did." said Elizabeth.
The Ackermans are hosting a walk to honor Eva and raise money for the Meningitis Foundation of America.
Eva's Life-Giving Memorial Walk
What: Eva’s Life-Giving Memorial Walk
When: Saturday, August 23rd at 2:00pm
Where: 151 Freedom Park Road, Omaha, NE 68102
Why: To honor Eva and support the MFA (Meningitis Foundation of America)
We have put a link to register for the walk above.
We also contacted Children's Hospital. They gave us this list of symptoms for parents to look out for:
The symptoms of meningitis vary depending on the organism that is causing the infection. However, each child may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:
In infants (symptoms may be difficult to pinpoint):
In children older than one year:
2. About how many infant meningitis cases does Children's (or our community) see annually?
3. What is the greater prevalence (not local)?
4. Anything else parents should know?