Just four months after opening their doors, NWMMB had a request for services from a family whose baby was fighting for her life at Seattle Children’s Hospital: Baby Evie was born with no immune system. While babies with healthy immune systems safely enjoy the full benefits of unpasteurized breastmilk, for babies in cases such as Evie’s, pasteurized breastmilk is their safest option—she had no white blood cells to fight off potential viruses. Evie spent the first seven months of her life in the hospital.
NWMMB provided Evie with donated, pasteurized breastmilk that sustained Evie through two bone marrow transplants, and thankfully, the second transplant was a success! Now Evie is experiencing life outside hospital walls, and her engaging personality combined with her endearing smile profoundly touch all who meet her. Evie is thriving! Evie and babies with stories like hers are at the heart of NWMMB’s mission, providing life-saving breastmilk to babies who need it most. It is important to us to never let the processing fee for milk to be a reason an infant with a medical need cannot receive milk. With this in mind and in Evie’s honor, NWMMB has set up Evelyn’s Fund—a community care fund that provides milk for compromised babies who are at their most fragile.