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This memorial website was created in the memory of our little cowboy, Rance Leighton who was born in Texas on February 17, 2007 and passed away on February 17, 2007. He lived for 14 glorious hours before God called him home. We will remember him forever!

Rance Wade was born 10 weeks premature on Feb. 17, 2007. His due date was April 28, 2007. My early labor was due to my water breaking at 27 weeks. I went for 2 weeks leaking fluid and not really knowing it. On Feb. 9 I was hospitalized for low amniotic fluid. They did a amniosure on me and it came back positive. My water had ruptured but not completely. I spent 1 week in the hospital before going into labor. I had to have a emergency c-section because Rance was not tollerating my labor well due to the low fluid. He came into this world screaming at 12:47am weighing 3lbs. 6oz and 14in long. He was in great health for being 10 weeks premature. I didn't get to see him until 6am that morning. My mother was with me when we walked into the room. I spoke to him and said "hey there Rancer, you are so pretty!" And he turned and opened his eyes to me. He knew his momma's voice and responded right away to me. The snotty nurse that he had got mad at me for talking to him and told me I needed to be quiet and not to touch him. That just pissed me off. Who are they to be telling me not to touch my own child. They do it all the time why couldn't I? Anyways, we spent about an hour with him and then they took me back to my room. My mother decided to go home and take care of stuff back there and my husband was working at the time so I was by myself at the hospital. Around 10am the horrible Pediatrician came into the room and said that she didn't like the way Rance was fighting the breathing machine so she decided to give him dopeamine and some magnesium to slow his breathing. I went and saw him not long after they had given him the medication and of course he was doped up so he didn't respond to me this time. But he was doing ok at least for a while. Later that afternoon, he had a bad reaction to the medication (which they shouldn't have given him in the first place) and he passed not long after that. I found out after all had happend, that they had actually overdosed him on magnesium. My husband never got to see him in the NICU. They only time he saw him was in the OR right after he was born. After they cleaned him up(which took over 2 hours), they brought him to me and we got to hold him for quite a while. We spent as much time as we could with him. The OB nurses were really great with getting me some pictures and feet print and cut me a lock of his hair. I never talked to anyone from the NICU about what had happend except that one nurse. The pediatrician never came to talk to me. Not once after he passed did I get any sympathy from them. They didn't want to have anything to do with me because they knew that they had screwed up. I wish I would have done something about it at the time, but I was so distraught about his death that I could hardly take care of my then 2 year old.

There is no feeling in the world worse than losing a child! No one else knows what this feels like unless they have gone through it. Just having him right in front of me, then taken away in one breath is not fair! And to know that it was at the hands of someone who we are supposed to trust. Only God knows the real reason for this and one day I will too! But until then, all I can do is pray and know that he is in a better place!
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Family Tree
Tributes and Condolences
Share Your Story   / Aunisty Hudnall
I'm so sorry to hear your story. I also have a preemie who was born 11 weeks early. We have started a Facebook page, in hopes of spreading awareness to others of the struggles faced by NICU families. We hope you'll like our page and share your story....  Continue >>
Happy birthday   / SS (Mommys SS )
Happy birthday Rance. I'm sure they are having a great big party up in heaven for you!
nicu nurse from florida   / Nonie (none)
Rance's family I found your link from the march of dimes. You created a very beautiful tribute for your son who died under such terrible circumstances. After reading your story I was horrified that a NICU nurse would treat any family member that way...  Continue >>
Happy Angelversary   / Vivian Perez (Fellow Angel Mom )
Playing in peace with all the other angels.  
Heart to heart   / Sue Dowell
Audra, From my heart to your heart...what a beautiful boy! Perhaps he is a best buddy with my angel. I understand the hurt, and I also find comfort from our Heavenly Father. My prayers are with you. Sue Dowell
Rance / Lisa Yeagle (phhlossgroup)    Read >>
Honoring you on this day.  / Namaw Whitehead (Namaw)    Read >>
My thoughts, prayers, and love are being sent to you and your family!  / Jessica Adams (Mommy's friend )    Read >>
Rance / Auntie Jamies &. Uncle Stevie Causey (Aunt & Uncle )    Read >>
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