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A rainbow at the end of a storm.

IU Health Arnett Hospital

A rainbow at the end of a storm.

The Williamson family makes a generous donation of a Cuddle Cot to the IU Health Foundation at Arnett Hospital.

Tim and Phyllis Williamson have had to endure a journey that no parents should ever have to experience. Traveling home to Cincinnati from visiting family during the holidays in Wisconsin, on December 30, 2017 the Williamsons were involved in a car accident on Interstate 65 that took the life of their first unborn daughter, Lydia Jessie. After being taken to IU Health Arnett Hospital, they received the highest of compassionate care from our Emergency Department and Labor and Delivery team members. Lydia Jessie was the first baby born sleeping on January 1, 2018 at IU Health Arnett Hospital. Lydia’s middle name was given to her after the supportive care received by Jessie Donchess, RN in the Emergency Department.

IU Health Arnett team members including Melissa Glaze, Peg Ponto, Jessie Donchess and Dr. Karen Regan worked to lay a brick in the remembrance healing garden in honor of Lydia Jessie Williamson.

Through their recovery journey, the Williamsons learned about the Cuddle Cot. Tim, Phyllis and their five month old daughter Cammie were in touch with the IU Health Foundation and decided to generously donate a Cuddle Cot in loving memory of their daughter, Lydia Jessie. This cot is a cooling bassinet that allows parents to spend more time together with their child at the bedside. The family drove back to IU Health Arnett and recently presented this precious gift for future families going through this tragic storm.

It is understood that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravage of the storm. It doesn’t mean that the storm never happened. What it means is that something beautiful has appeared. After every storm, there is a rainbow of hope. Thank you to the Williamson’s for allowing IU Health Arnett to help all of our future patients with the gift of time with their little loved ones.

IU Health Arnett hopes for all grieving families to find that hope, that rainbow, after the storm.