A Mother’s Tragedy Transformed

Pregnant, with cancer; what does the mother-to-be do? To take life-saving chemotherapy for her brain tumor would destroy her growing baby. Not to do so would destroy her. In July of 2011, Stacie Crimm, 41, single, faced that very decision.

After a brief period of agony, Stacie decided in favor of her child. When she collapsed in August, her family rushed her to University of Oklahoma Medical Center. Stacie’s tumor growth had threatened her life. Two days later, the baby’s heart rate sank; Stacie’s heart stopped. After the “code blue” alert, rather than resuscitate her, the doctors took 2-pound, 1-ounce Dottie Mae by C-section.

As a demonstration of her will to live, after several days Stacie abandoned her ventilator and sedatives. Improvement didn’t last long, however, as she soon fell unconscious. When her heart stopped again, doctors revived her.

With death immanent, nurses consulted every one involved. Doctors, nurses and others in protective gear stood around as nurses carefully lifted Dottie Mae from the wheeled incubator to Stacie’s chest. Mother and daughter gazed at each other several minutes. “No one said a word. No one had a dry eye,” said the NewsOK report.

Three days later, Stacie Crimm died. Her agonizing decision transformed her tragedy into hope for Dottie Mae.


About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy (gordongrose.com) blog to learn more. TragedyTransformed.com provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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