February 18, 2009 - March 11, 2009
3 weeks old
Emma Sandoval was born to Manuel and Rebecca Sandoval of Hilmar, the morning of February 18, 2009 at Emanuel Medical Center in Turlock. After spending a few short hours with dad and mom, it became apparent that she would require extra medical care. She was transported that evening to Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. There, she was cared for by their NICU team. After receiving all the care DMC could provide, she was again air transported to Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto.
On February 21st, once she arrived, she was immediately placed on ECMO. ECMO pumps and oxygenates blood for the patient, and requires donor blood to be used. However after entering her 3rd week on ECMO, Emma was not getting any better. She was baptized on March 10th, by LPCH Chaplain. Emma was just a day shy of 3 weeks old, when test revealed that she was born with an extremely rare and fatal condition of her lungs. After receiving all the information regarding her condition, her parents were faced with a very difficult decision.
Deciding the best way to let Emma go was to allow the staff to take Emma off the ECMO and remove the ventilators keeping her alive. The machines were removed the next day. Emma was then left in the hands of her mother and father, so that she could be held while she slowly went to sleep. Sometime just after 2:00pm, God received another angel in heaven.
During her 3 weeks time in the hospital, she was read to everyday. Until she got better, was the promise her mother made. Her dad held her little hand on a regular basis. Both mom and dad, enjoyed spending endless hours watching her sleep, just waiting for a chance to see her eyes sparkle. She also absolutely refused to lay stretched out on her bed. She would only relax if her legs were tucked in with her knees bent up in the air. She recognized the voices of mom, dad, and quite a few of the nurses who cared for her.
Emma is survived by her parents, Manuel and Rebecca Sandoval of Hilmar, siblings Dominic Moitoso, Anabella Sandoval of Hilmar, Pablo Sandoval and David Sandoval of Ceres, grandparents Frances Ecleo of Hilmar, Gumildo Sandoval of Georgia, Edie Prado-Matrinez of Corning, CA.
The family would like to thank the staff at Doctors Hospital for everything they have done. Also, Lucille Packard for all the hopeful and positive efforts they made, in trying to help Emma get well. Special thanks to Nurse Diane and Amy for helping mom with everything from butterflies to friendly support. Also, to all the Doctors, Nurses and Hospital Social Worker Emily Perez, all their support has helped tremendously. Without the staffs understanding and assistance the family would have felt lost.
The family is planning to hold a blood drive in Emma’s honor. Please check www.allenmortuary.com for updated information. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to LPCH in Palo Alto, in Emma’s honor.