To the Doctor Who Saved My Daughter’s Life

Dr. Moise,

Our miracle baby Nora will be a year old in a couple of days. We know that without you, this past year would have been very different and Nora would not be here with us today. One whole year of kisses. One whole year of full arms and mended hearts, of doting big brothers and tiny dresses and a warm little body on my chest. One whole year of little details emerging, revealing who our daughter is…

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Those big brown eyes with long, dark eyelashes; her content and happy spirit; her sensitive heart; her desperate love for animals. She’s everything to us. She is her Grandma’s first living granddaughter, our first living daughter, my rainbow baby, the pride and joy of her brothers, someone’s future wife, someone’s Mommy. Thank you for seeing that, for seeing her value before she was even viable. You treated her like the most special baby in the world, even though I knew that she was just one of the many babies you helped on a daily basis. Thank you for recognizing how important this little life was to us, and for treating her with respect before she even took her first breath.

It is rare to find a doctor who is so generous with his time. I still remember emailing you, grasping for answers and a glimmer of hope after Lucy died. You didn’t know me. I wasn’t your patient or a family friend or anything, but ten minutes after I sent that email I couldn’t believe it when my cell phone rang showing an incoming call from Houston. You talked to me for 45 minutes, sharing your opinion about what happened to Lucy and discussing our possibilities for another child. I remember how much that meant to me at the time; a gesture of kindness from a stranger who thought Lucy’s life was important enough to spend his time discussing. Every single time someone contacts me with questions about anti-kell antibodies or advice about what their treatment should look like I give my time gladly knowing how much it will mean to them.

Thank you for thinking outside of the box and pushing for better treatment options long before Nora was even conceived. Thank you for not accepting, “This is the way it’s always been done” or, “There’s nothing we can do.” Those ideas of yours saved her life and the new treatment you are working on now will hopefully save many more lives, maybe even my grandchildren. And when you save a baby’s life, you don’t just save a baby’s life. You save the parents from living the rest of their days without their child. You save the grandparents, the cousins, the siblings and the aunts and uncles from a devastating heartache.

We will always think of you on Nora’s birthday and tell her about you when she gets older. Liam and Asher know who you are. In our family, Dr. Moise is a household name. We want our kids to know how one life can be used by God to change the lives of other people for good. We will always be grateful for the priceless gift you have given us, our Nora Juliet.

With love,

Josh, Bethany, Liam, Asher and Nora Weathersby

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8 thoughts on “To the Doctor Who Saved My Daughter’s Life

  1. Dr. Moise is a very special man. He is indirectly responsible for 6 of my children’s lives. Over here in Australia, I was told never to have another baby after my 3rd child was born with rhesus disease. After wrestling with the decision, I emailed Dr Moise and asked for his opinion. I never really expected him to answer my email. Within the hour, Dr Moise reached out and gave advice on our situation. Twelve years later and we have added 6 more babies to our family because of one answered email and the treatment protocol used by Dr Moise. Nora is a shining example of the difference one person can make in the lives of so many.

  2. Oh my goodness! It has been so long since I wrote or checked in! My how time flies! Nora is beautiful and so is your family!!!!! I’m so happy to hear that you are all doing well! Hugs to you and yours! Love, Megan

  3. What a blessing! It is amazing how the kindness of one person can change the course of so ,any lives. Thank you for your raw and honest blog about your pregnancies. It is hard to find someone who knows and understands the complexity and emotional roller coaster of a complicated pregnancy. I became sensitized after my second pregnancy and was advised not to have anymore children. I did so much research on rhesus disease and came across several articles written by Dr. Moise. He always replied to all of my emails when asking for advice/protocol in subsequent pregnancies. I wanted to make sure that the doctors here were treating me correctly. I have had four more successful pregnancies. Our last child needed inutero transfusions beginning at 28 weeks. He was delivered at 30 weeks gestation due to a placenta abruption. Thanks for the update on the possible new treatment that may become available in the future. May God bless Dr. Moise and all the souls he touches!

    • I loved hearing your story! And Dr. Moise truly is amazing. I don’t know how he finds the time to reply to so many emails and phone calls. He is always willing to give advice and share his wisdom. I am so glad you didn’t listen to the doctor who advised you not to have any more children! Your story gives me a lot of hope since we still feel like we aren’t done growing our family. Thanks for sharing!

      • Delighted that my story has inspired hope for you. I just found out we are expecting again. We shall see what happens this time around. Praying for a safe and healthy pregnancy and trying to put it all in God’s hands.

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