LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - On November 29, 2000, Kimberly Finnie gave birth to her daughter Amara Finnie, 3 months premature. Amara weighed only one pound and seven ounces, and her chances of survival were slim. But Amara fought for nine weeks in Sparrow's Reo-Natal Intensive Care Unit. Kimberly said, "I was there non-stop, as much as I could be." Amara thrived in the NICU and was able to go home before she was even four pounds. Kimberly took a year off work to care for her daughter. She told WILX Alani Letang that she did great with very few setbacks.
Fast-forward to now, Amara is a healthy 17 years old junior at Williamston High School. As part of a church confirmation project, she was required to complete a community service project. Her mentor Bonnie Kipp came up with the idea of angel gowns. They are gowns, made out of mainly wedding dresses, given to a family for when their baby dies in the hospital. Kipp said it is a lasting memory for parents to see their child in something beautiful. Amara tells us at first it made her sad because she realized it could have been her's. But then it became about helping to make a sad memory into something beautiful. She said it, "was a sign that there was nothing better I could've done, it was my calling."
Joins WILX Alani Letang for Amara's birthday story on Wednesday at 6 PM