CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - This might be a tough picture to see, but this precious baby girl is from Concord, in Cabarrus County. She had an inoperable brain tumor so big that this is how her sweet skull looked four days before she passed.
Her parents sent this picture. They love her and are now on a mission to help other families in their little girl’s name. Her name was Cara Hamilton. In September of 2018, Cara’s mom, Jennifer, was in her 35th week of pregnancy. She and her husband Tom were suddenly told their daughter’s brain never fully formed, that it was only at 10% and the 90% of what formed in her head was an aggressive tumor and she wouldn’t survive a full-term birth.
Jennifer and Tom decided to get Cara out right then. Doctors said she wouldn’t survive that either. She did. Cara was doing everything on her own, including eating and breathing, while in the NICU at Levine Children’s Hospital. Doctors kept saying the tumor was inoperable and Cara only had days to live. “We decided to take her home and hope and pray for the best,” Tom said. “As time went by, her head grew we just keep hoping, though it seemed liked her head was going to burst any day. She continued living though and didn’t seem to be in pain.”
After fifty days, little Cara’s body couldn’t take it anymore. The tumor became too much. She passed on October 30th, 2018. Her parents say they immediately felt like they had to create something to give her life purpose. They started Cara’s Purpose.
The charity’s goal is to help families who are told their babies “have terminal illnesses and to just take them home and make them comfortable.”
“We want to help them with that journey from start to finish,” Tom said. “We want to let them know they’re not alone.” Cara’s Purpose is new, but they’ve already been able to connect with families dealt similar cards. You can follow them on social media – “Cara’s Purpose” on Facebook, @Caras_purpose on Twitter and @Caras_purpose on IG – or… Tom asks… just know this group is now here and please spread the word.
Tom also sent another picture from the day after Cara was born.
You can see how the tumor was shaping her head even on day one, though it eventually grew much later as weeks went on. It’s a beautiful thing you’re doing, Jennifer and Tom. We tell the good, bad and always real…. thank you for sharing Cara’s journey with all of us. #MollysKids
**Editor’s note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there, which is why it’s written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.