Sunday, December 20, 2009

"Angel" Briana Emily Hayes

There is no easy way to say this, Briana passed away this morning. Thank you all for your prayers and support.
There is not much that we can say now, other than Briana's 18 days with us were very special, and she fought hard from the beginning. Right up until the end, we were with her and we fought along side her as much as we could. We never gave up hope, until she told the doctors and us that she was ready to move on. At that time, they let us hold her and say goodbye to our sweet angel. She felt no pain, and the doctors and nurses acted with the utmost dignity, respect and compassion. We will never be able to thank enough the special people at Crouse, nor all of you for your support through all of this.
I pray that anyone out there who is currently experiencing something like this, or who may ever go through anything like this, please do not ever lose hope and faith. Sometimes things are just meant to be, but please stay strong and hopeful for the loved ones who need it. I truly believe that hope, faith and love can be just as powerful as any medical treatment.
If we may so humbly request one more thing from all of you, it is to please pray for all the families whose babies are still in the Crouse NICU, that they may remain strong and hopeful, and that they can bring their babies home.
We love you so very dearly Briana Emily, and we will do our best to honor your life by supporting other families. We miss you tonight sweet angel.


  1. My heart is so heavy for your loss. Briana will always be remembered as one tough little princess CDH warrior.I am so very sorry.


  2. I cannot find the words to make things feel better, I just want you to know Jim, you and your family are in our thoughts. We are so sorry for your loss.

  3. I am so very very sorry. My heart and mind are with you. I will remember her always.

  4. We are so very sorry for your loss. All of you will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers. Please don't hesitate to let us know if there is ANYTHING that you need.

  5. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. There are no words that I can share with you to help through this tough time, just my prayers.

  6. My goodness, I am so deeply saddened by this news. I cannot even begin to feel the pain that you are feeling right now. I am so truly sorry! CDH is such an unfair condition.
    Please know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  7. I am so sorry and my heart aches for you all. I am in tears reading about Briana. Your precious warrior Princess fought a good fight. She is beautiful!
    My prayers are with you all.

  8. I am so sorry for your loss. It really breaks my heart. She is a beautiful girl and she'll be remembered always. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  9. I'm so deeply saddened that your beautiful baby doll has passed. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers. Our Ava has fought CDH hard and it has been a long hard road. I LOVE that you kept the faith and the HOPE alive. That says WORLDS to me. You will meet her day and she will tell you how much she was loved and cared for during her short stay here on earth. You all in my thoughts. Take care and God Bless.


  10. I am so sorry that your little angel lost her battle. My heart goes out to you and your family.
    You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Kathy from
    The Mid-York Weekly office

  11. Jim And Ang,

    I am so sorry for you! Please let me and erin know if you need anything. You are in our prayers.