Neal Freeland

Engineering/marketing manager, family guy. My personal blog with a few work thoughts mixed in.

6 Day Hug Drought Over

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After a six day hiatus, Neal and Julia Freeland were today finally able
to joyfully hold their daughter Amelia. Intensive care nurses worked
steadily throughout the day to remove blocking drug hoses, power
cables, and a large quarter-ton breathing device to clear a path to the
three month old girl. A rocking chair was secured from a nearby room,
padded with pillows and installed as the base of hugging operations.
The girl, who had recently undergone extensive double surgery to
palliate three congenital heart defects, was then airlifted by the
trained staff and gently dropped in her mother’s lap.

"This is a great day," said the father, a navy veteran and technology
marketing professional. "It was touch and go there during the drought,
and we were afraid her arms had atrophied too much, but when the time
came I don’t think I’ve ever seen such world class hugging. Julia did
great. Definitely one for the record books."

While the worst of the drought is over, there remains much recovery
work. The majority of this work will now fall on the shoulders of the
parents and attending grandparents as the nursing staff needs to move
on the others affected by drought conditions. Once sufficient hugging
has occurred to make up for lost time, which is estimated to last at
least one week, the family will be ready to make the trans-continental
trip back to their home in Seattle.


Written by nealfreeland

October 19, 2005 at 6:35 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

9 Responses

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  1. Neal – wishing you and your family the best! Amazing to see how beautiful Amelia looks in these pictures despite the fact that she just had major surgery. We\’re all thinking of you and your family back at the office.


    October 19, 2005 at 10:21 pm

  2. Amelia looks relaxed and confident – she\’s an inspiration to us all. We\’re with you in spirit!Much love,The Dowhans


    October 20, 2005 at 5:12 am

  3. Mark and I have been thinking of all of you daily. I missed my opportunity to send you a letter with Megan\’s group. I wanted to let you know how much of an inspiration you both are as parents. I know you may not always feel strong, but you are. I hope you feel the love and support of those you\’ve touched throughout your lives. Amelia looks so beautiful. Amazing how strong these little babies are. We are anxious to have you all back in Seattle. We\’ll keep all of you in our prayers as you continue your journey. Love, Kris, Mark and Wyatt


    October 20, 2005 at 3:11 pm

  4. Neal and Julia, I\’m so happy to hear the surgery went well. You have an amazingly strong, courageous, beautiful baby girl who will one day see and understand how lucky she is to be in your family. We will continue to pray for all of you! God Bless, Shelley Healy ( Megan and Kevin\’s friend in San Diego)


    October 20, 2005 at 3:27 pm

  5. Amelia looks beautiful!!! And strong!! You guys have amazed all of us. The Farellas


    October 21, 2005 at 5:00 am

  6. Wow! She looks awesome with that little sideways glance. It sure looks like she is much improved. Does Dr. Mee say she is doing better than "fair to middling" now? I check this site many times a day for updates as, I would guess, are a lot of other people. The Roney\’s are looking forward to seeing you walk the neighborhood with her in the front pack again.

    Frank and Lisa

    October 21, 2005 at 10:07 am

  7. You have been on our minds tons and tons and I\’ve been checking the blog many,many times a day and today\’s entry sent me to the moon! I\’m so glad that you are holding that girl and she looks bright and ten times better than even just a few days ago. GO AMELIA GO. We have walked to swing in Zach\’s swing almost daily and now have met Greg (and gotten a TON of neighbhorhoodtrivia) and we\’re anxiously awaiting your arrival. We know the road is long but we\’re going to be here for you to ride along side and help however possible. xoMandy,Clay and Zoe


    October 23, 2005 at 10:48 am

  8. I am encouraged to read the latest news from your blog last night — holding Amelia yesterday must be been an incredible moment.Just so you know, the entire team here is behind you; not one day goes by without people asking me for an update – I kindly send them to your blog.Today we had a team off-site and we showed the great picture of Amelia smiling on a giant screen (the one on your blog main page); everybody is rooting for her. Keep the positive thinking, take care good care and we can\’t wait to see you all back in seattle.Frederick


    October 23, 2005 at 10:50 am

  9. Neal – my heart goes out to you buddy. I really enjoy getting updates on your blog and especially reading the last post about the hugs. Your family and especially little Amelia are in our thoughts and prayers. Kris


    October 23, 2005 at 10:51 am

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