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On June 1, 2017, our family was blessed with a sweet baby girl, Aria Maria Draffin. She was beautiful and healthy. On November 13, 2017, at 3:30 pm when Aria was 5 months old, that was when everything changed. Aria was crying and did not calm down. She was suddenly cold, sweaty, pale and rolled her eyes.

Suddenly her heart stopped beating.

Her grandmother called the paramedics while her mom started CPR. Her grandfather came and took over the resuscitation. It took about 15 minutes until the paramedics arrived. At this time, she still was not breathing.The paramedics took over and shortly thereafter we were told that she has a pulse and breathes. A decision was made to have a pediatrician flown in by helicopter. The pediatrician landed 30 minutes later and noticed Aria was seizing. They had to get Aria stable before she could be moved. The doctors tried to gain access to her at various points, which did not work and they had to put a drill bit into the bone. She was stabilized and...



Beads of Courage

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Arriving in Memphis

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On the Plane to Memphis

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Aria and Family

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