Hi, I'm Finn's Mama
On August 22nd 2018 the world changed. A hero, Finn Benton Pope, was born. At the time, I was a teacher, and after returning to work for a few months, I felt a calling to leave short of the end of the year and stay home full time with Finn.
Life was perfect. We loved him. Protected him. Spoiled him. If it sounds like a fairy tale, that's because it was. But Finn, he was just too perfect for this world. Finn had never been sick a day in his life, and we even took him to the Dr. the very day the incident occurred because of slight fussiness and ear tugging. The doctor quickly reassured us of no ear infection and that our sweet guy was suffering from the effects of 5 teeth coming in. However, the same night Finn woke at 11:30 pm on July 23rd screaming, right as his Dada, Austin, was coming home from his 2nd shift job as an inspector. After both of us trying to calm Finn as he was crying, he seized in my arms. I will never forget the lifelessness in his face at that very moment. After an ambulance trip and then care flight shortly after, it was discovered that our perfect baby boy had a brain aneurysm. It's rare for anyone to live through the initial brain aneurysm, but at only 11 months old, the rareness of Finn even having an aneurysm was described to us as a 1 in 100million chance. After dedicated surgeons, doctors, and nurses worked around the clock, performed emergency surgeries and any other life saving measures they could think of Finn was declared brain dead 5 days later. Immediately, we knew that Finn being the baby that exuded goodness, would want his life to have meaning, so Finn became a hero and donated his organs. Only the 2nd child at McClane's Children's Hospital in Temple, TX to donate organs this year. Finn's heart saved the life of a girl under 1, his liver saved the life of a boy under 1, and his kidneys saved the life of a woman in her 40s. Finn is my hero, and I am so proud to be his Mama.