Parker William Demaree was born prematurely at 32 weeks gestation as a result of his mother developing Pre-Eclampsia and HELLP Syndrome. He was born on May 1, 2008 weighing 3lbs. 3oz. and was 16 ½ inches long. Even though Parker’s birth was premature, the doctors felt confident that after a few weeks in the NICU Parker would grow strong enough to go home. However, approximately 12 hours after his birth, Parker began showing signs of severe illness. He underwent multiple tests to try and determine the cause of his illness.
On day two of Parker's life, the doctors began suspecting he had a Metabolic Disease and began working with the state’s only Metabolic Genetic Doctor. Then, late that same night, tests revealed the possibility of a twisted bowel. Surgery was the only way to determine if this was the cause of his illness. Late that night, Parker underwent surgery. As Parker’s parents stood just feet away from his bedside learning that he did not have twisted bowl, Parker suffered a pulmonary embolism and passed away in the early morning of May 4, 2008. Parker received his angel wings and went to heaven.
Devastated and heartbroken, Parker’s parents fled to his bedside where they would hold him for the very first time – his heartbeat still, his spirit free. In three short days, Parker changed the lives of family and friends in unbelievable ways. His parents are forever grateful for the amazing doctors who took care of them throughout the pregnancy and for the incredible NICU physicians and nurses who cared for Parker and helped him fight the greatest fight ever.