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Area Couple Make Donation to CRMH in Memory of Their Son

Area Couple Make Donation to CRMH in Memory of Their Son

January 10, 2019

Pictured from left to right, FMS nurses, Dana Hawkins and Ellen Brown, Certified Nurse Midwife, Stephanie Gordon, Dr. William Padgett, FMS Nurse Manager, Stephanie Ochs, Tasha and Dustin Ruholl, Chief Nursing Officer/Director of Patient Care Services, Gina Thomas, and FMS nurse Hope Parker.

A donation of a CuddleCot was recently made to the Carle Richland Memorial Hospital Family Maternity Services Unit through a donation from a Teutopolis family in honor of their late son, Daniel Anthony. Dustin and Natasha Ruholl promoted their story and their mission on an online fundraiser as well as through a free will donation lunch and dinner drive through in Teutopolis. Their initial goal of raising enough funds to purchase one CuddleCot led to raising enough money to purchase nine CuddleCots to donate to area hospitals.

Dustin and Tasha wanted to help change the way other families will experience the loss of their baby by giving parents the gift of time. Having lost their youngest son, Daniel, unexpectedly eight weeks before his due date, they know first-hand how difficult it is to say goodbye, especially when time is so limited.

Through their journey of raising awareness of Daniel and infant loss, they connected with Christina Stamper, Founder of Madison’s Miracles, to help them navigate through their fundraising process. Christina began Madison’s Miracles in memory of her late daughter, Madison, who was born sleeping in 2007. Madison’s Miracles is a non-profit organization that provides support and resources to grieving parents who have experienced still birth, pregnancy or infant loss.

“The CuddleCot will do so much for so many. Parents who have experienced late miscarriages, stillbirth, and even infant loss (up to one year of age) can benefit from the use of a CuddleCot,” says Tasha. “It’s absolutely heartbreaking knowing that the CuddleCots will be put to good use, yet we know what a positive impact it will make on so many families. We couldn’t be prouder to honor our son, Daniel, in such a profound way.”

The CuddleCot system offers continuous cooling to help preserve a sleeping infant’s delicate features. The cooling pad can be used in a bassinet or as a blanket to allow families to hold and spend more time with the infant. Families can spend time with their babies and make cherished memories and develop a sense of closure.

“We are very grateful to the Ruholl family for choosing to honor their son with this gift to our department. This will help us to better care for families who have lost a baby and allow them that time that they very much need with their baby,” notes Stephanie Ochs, Family Maternity Services Nurse Manager. “This is just a way we, as a hospital, can be as supportive as possible of those families who are grieving.”