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Aria's story

photo of the familyMichael and Natasha Rutkowski’s time with their daughter, Aria, was too short.

 But the circle of lives Aria touched extends far beyond them, to the family and friends who supported them during a difficult time, to the more than 100 donors who contributed to a Utah State University scholarship in her name, to the nurses who helped take care of her.

  “I don’t know if she was meant to be in my life or if I was meant to be in hers,” said Jamie Nordberg, a registered nurse at Primary Children’s Hospital.

 Nordberg felt an instant bond with Aria and asked if she could be the baby’s primary nurse. At the time she knew the little girl’s outcomes didn’t look good, but she wanted to remain close to the baby and her family. Nordberg wanted to hold Aria, too—but she knew she couldn’t, because Aria was on a ventilator.  Instead Nordberg bathed Aria, put a bow in her hair, touched her head and made sure she was ready for quality time with her parents.

 Natasha spent her time between her young son in Lehi and Primary Children’s Hospital. “That was tricky,” she said. “We live an hour away and obviously we couldn’t take our son with us every day. He’s three.” The hospital didn’t have much to occupy a three-year old. But family flew in to be with him, and neighborhood volunteers helped, too, allowing Natasha to spend time with her baby and Michael to return to his job.

Read more on the EEJ Ed Notes blog.

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Senator Jennifer DutdutheadHi there, my name is Jennifer Dutdut. I have the greatest honor of being the 2015-2016 Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services Senator. I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Kaua'i in Hawai'i. I'm majoring in Deaf Education and Elementary Education. I am passionate about making a difference and giving back to the community.

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