“I’m so thankful that I had this snapshot, and I’ve got a brain tumor to worry about. Because if they were there they would have tried as hard as they possibly can for us.” Laura, 31, of Chicago, went to Illinois Children’s Hospital in December with a stomach cramp and said she felt dizzy. Her daughter began taking the picture of the moment, said Dr. David Weiss, who has been treating her for two months. His hospital told the family the photo was a surefire first-aid measure to prevent future strokes. “This picture is an image to take everyday for the next 20 years,” his mom said. The photo will be on display at the hospital’s exhibit “All of Me: A Photo Album of Life,” on the 6th floor of the William and Marge Wolff Hall .A Facebook page called “Laura’s Photo Album is at work, raising money to save the medical expenses of Laura” describes her story as follows
“Laura’s Photo Album is at work, raising money for hospital expenses in her daughter’s name.”
The two-page poster’s main target isShannon and Jennifer, who left their home at the end of November to travel to the hospital, her grandfather Robert W. Walker said.On Dec. 20, Shannon’s father, John Walker, died of a heart attack and his wife, Jennifer, returned home after being diagnosed with hypertension and depression.
Robert Walker said his granddaughter had a hard time walking and was suffering from dizziness, even though she had been cleared for travel.It ended up being a three-day trip . “She probably could have been saved,” his grandson said of Shannon. “But that’s what makes the picture so precious.” Before she left, Sharon askedJennifer to take the baby on her first vacation as a grandparent. “It takes a special family to stand there at the airport and see a friend go, “ Walker Jr. said. “Seeing them so happy, it’s hard to explain how that’s so precious.” The photo, on the top, shows a white car with a green stripe. It’s caption says “Car in green (taken from my Facebook page ).” A photo taken at the hospital (above) showsShannon lying in the hospital bed with a picture of the couple on the ground. Her mother, who is also at the hospital, is in the background, with a phone and a sign that reads “Called for immediate help. She has had a stroke. Please call 911 .Shannon needs oxygen, but needs it right away, and not minutes or hours later.” The photo by Laura, on the bottom, shows her taking the photo with her daughter, who is looking for her cell phone on the bed. From that last photo, the woman in her arms is the picture of hope, and that’s the photo we will always hold as a reminder. Thanks for the reminder, Laura. The photo is available on the cityand county sitesand can be seen here at the source .
The image was taken on December 19, and sent to friends and family members in the days since.
The Associated Press contributed to this post.