Calypso Paikea Rhyder’s Story
Calypso may have only been here on this Earth for 23 days but she taught us more about love then most people do in a life time. She was born with impaired kidney function (As per her hospital records tell us) they also noted that she likely would have been ok in the long run with the kidney function she did have and dialysis and perhaps a transplant when she was older. However after a week in the NICU she caught a nasty intestinal infection.
This infection was called NEC, which stands for Necrotizing Enterocolitis. This is a very vile infection, it kills the lining of the intestines rendering it nothing more then dead tissue. NEC has no known cause yet, although they suspect some sort of organism that is passed from child to child because NICUs often have outbreaks of NEC.
NEC also has a habit of spreading to other organs, I know many babies that the infection spread to their blood or heart or kidneys. This is what happened to Calypso, with her kidneys already impaired the infection spread to them and completely killed them off. Because of the NEC they were unable to do dialysis. Calypso died at 23 days old on July 7, 2007 at 3:50pm.
In Calypso's honor I've set up a NICU Remembrance Page, for ALL babies who never made it home from the NICU. Please check it out if you lost your baby in the hospital and perhaps add them to the angel page.