February 25, 2020
Last February, Allie Marie Fjestad came into the world at dawn on a Friday morning. Just 13 hours later, she passed away peacefully in the arms of her parents, Jeff and Tracy.
Allie Marie was born with trisomy 18, an often-fatal chromosomal condition. She’d been diagnosed weeks earlier at a prenatal screening, and Jeff and Tracy knew she would not live long past birth.
With the support of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine team, the Family Birth nurses, and others at Sanford Fargo, the Fjestads were able to cherish every moment they could with their little girl.
Recently, the family made a Guardian Angel gift to the Sanford Health Foundation, honoring everyone who helped care for their family and their angel, Allie Marie.
They even returned to Sanford Fargo to thank the team in person during a moving recognition ceremony.
The Fjestads shared these words of gratitude:
Around the time of the 20-week ultrasound, our daughter was diagnosed with trisomy 18 and we were told she would not live.
We were able to spend 13 hours with our daughter before she passed.
Before being discharged from the hospital, we were given a memory box full of items we will treasure forever.
We received exceptional care from many within the Sanford Health organization. We would like to recognize Dr. Debra Walker, Dr. Bauer-Olson, Dr. Van Eerden and the entire Maternal-Fetal Medicine Department, and the Family Birth Center Nurses especially our delivery nurse, Allison.
Who is your Guardian Angel?
Were you touched by the care you received at Sanford Health? Was there a doctor, nurse or team that went above and beyond for you or a loved one?
Visit sanfordhealthfoundation.org/guardianangel to make a gift of gratitude in his or her honor and share a few words of thanks. Your Guardian Angel will be celebrated at a special recognition ceremony, and 100% of your gift will support services for future patients.