Written by: Josie's parents, Kristine and Michael Haigh
Our sweet daughter Josie was born 16 weeks early, at 24 weeks and 1 day. She was our miracle, starting her first hours of life with a helicopter ride from Rex to UNC. It was an adventure and a roller coaster ride for her and for all of us from the moment she was born.
During our visits in the NICU, we would read books and letters to Josie that were lovingly written to her by her friends and family. We told her all about her brother, Teddy, and how he would say "baby" when looking at a picture or video of her. We told her about all of the people in her life that she was so important to. Josie was the only baby in Pod D that had her own mailbox! She was, and will always be, so completely loved.
Josie P, the Outlaw, Triceratops, Joes, Sweet baby girl, Girly.
Over the weeks we got to watch as she grew, and even as her ear cartilage came in!
We know she is in God's arms, and is hanging out with all of her family in Heaven, including our late family dog, Mosey.
Josie passed peacefully in her mother's arms on a beautiful fall day. We were each able to hold her and say our goodbyes before she passed.
Josie's 5 weeks on this Earth touched the lives of so many. She was loved by her parents, her grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors, and the care staff at the UNC NICU. Josie would want us to especially thank Ellen, Kate, Jill, Erin, Katie, Lauren L, and Lauren H, for being not only incredible in their medical profession, but for loving her like she was their own.
We will be forever grateful for the time we were able to spend with her, and find peace in the knowledge that she was loved by all of you as well.
Rest in peace, baby girl. We love you.
- Mom and Dad
The following link is a fundraiser through the NEC Society, the disease from which Josie died, https://necsociety.kindful.com/buildaworldwithoutnec/team-josie