Support Shown For Moms Raising Ailing Children

By: Brittany Gunter Email
By: Brittany Gunter Email

Being a mom can be a tough job, but it can be even more difficult for those who care for children with significant medical needs. One organization reached out to those moms on Saturday, making sure they feel supported this Mother's Day weekend.

Twenty-one-month-old Elizabeth has spent most of her life in the hospital. Diagnosed with short bowel syndrome, she was transferred from Texas to Omaha for care. Her mom Samantha Rodriguez has been right by her side the whole time.

“I guess when it comes to your own child you don't really think of it as a sacrifice. It’s just anything you can do to make them be with you even if it is for a few months longer, it will be worth it."

Rodriguez has a positive, never give up attitude, one that mom Melanie Bartlett of Omaha shares. Bartlett adopted her 3-year-old son Antonio when he was 20 months old. “He was shaken at 2 months of age and so from that resulted in several surgeries.”

These two mothers never ask for anything themselves, that's why the organization Friends of Maddie G decided they would step in this Mother's Day weekend. “These moms have a tremendous load,” said group organizer Nancy Gillett. “If you think about all of the things a normal mom does and then you add a child with complex medical issues on top of that, it's just huge."

The group dropped off gift baskets, breakfast and flowers to 30 mothers who go the extra mile, including Rodriguez and Bartlett. The moms who received these gifts were definitely feeling the love. “It's awesome to be recognized, there are so many giving and generous people out there," said Bartlett.

“They are total strangers and they still take time out of their day to be nice to other people and try to make their days better," said Rodriguez.

Friends of Maddie G does other community-driven projects throughout the year. Click here to learn more about them.

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