On April 6th, five-month-old Nora Hall suffered a devastating stroke, which affected both sides of her brain. Since that day, the tiny tot has been kept in an induced coma at the Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Her parents have now made the heart-wrenching decision to turn off her life support machine in order to prevent their daughter suffering a similar acute crisis:
"If [that] happens, the pain and palliative team cannot guarantee that Nora will pass comfortably and unafraid," Nora's mom, Mary, wrote on Facebook.
Throughout baby Nora’s stay in hospital, two guardian angels have remained: the family’s eight-year-old Basset Hounds. Despite appearing stressed and saddened, John and Mary decided to let the dogs stay following feedback from friends and supporters via social media. After determining that Nora's passing may be difficult for them to comprehend, they were to be sent away. The couple also revealed that their pets had been a huge source of comfort for them, and for Nora during her time in hospital, and that the nurses were already "head over heels for them."
Devastating by itself, Nora's stroke has led to doctors to discover that the little girl was born with pulmonary hypertension, a rare and incurable condition with a low life expectancy. Nora's earliest achievements, such as smiling and chewing at her fists, have wowed the medical experts caring for her. Nora has proved during her short life that miracles can and do happen.
Since news of this heartbreaking story first broke, doctors have removed Nora's breathing tube, enabling her to pass peacefully, on her own terms. A GoFundMe page has been established in order to help the Halls cover their daughter's medical expenses. We wish the family peace and love during this difficult time.