Mighty Micah Foundation (Memorial Fund)
Organized by: Luke Sigle
The goal of the Mighty Micah Foundation is to help families with babies in the NICU. Having a baby admitted to the NICU can take away some of the joys brought by the birth of a child. We hope to renew some of that lost joy by directly impacting those families. Our initial plan is to provide random gifts to families (cash, gift cards, other specific needs), books, donations to exisiting NICU/hospital programs, contribution to NICU needs, and more. These needs will be identified through discussions with NICU leadership and soon a website where families and friends can submit requests for loved ones in the NICU.
Mighty Micah's Story
Micah Elizabeth Sigle was born on December 1, 2015 at 9:25 am to Luke and Leah Sigle of Nashville. She passed away on January 1, 2016 at 8:34 am. Micah's life was only 31 days long, but her impact was felt by many, thanks to her mighty spirit and continuous fight.
17 weeks into the pregnancy, Micah was diagnosed with a Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH). The diaphragm protects the lungs and heart from the other vital organs. With a CDH, a hole forms in the diaphragm and organs move up through the hole preventing the lungs from developing and expanding. In Micah's case, the hole was large enough that the stomach, liver and intestines were above the diaphragm. When Micah was born, she wasn't able to breathe on her own and was immediately taken into care of the NICU at the Monroe Carrel Jr Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt. Micah was placed on ECMO (heart & lung bypass), 36 hours after birth and remained on it for 21 days. Her diaphragm was surgically repaired on December 8th, with the organs placed below the diaphragm. Micah struggled with bleeding following her diaphragm surgery and required two follow up procedures to clear pooling blood. Her bleeding only stopped after Heparin, a blood thinner, was stopped for four hours, allowing for clotting. When she was removed from ECMO, the doctors didn't expect her lungs or heart to support her more than a few hours. She defied the odds and battled for another nine days, blessing us with her presence on Christmas and New Years Eve. Her journey came with many ups and downs but Micah never stopped fighting until her death on January 1st. Micah's journey impacted family, friends and strangers through Facebook updates. If you were impacted by Micah's life, please consider supporting our fundraiser to help others in the NICU.