Harvey the Hero


1. a man of distinguished courage or ability, admired for his brave deeds and noble qualities.

2. a person who, in the opinion of others, has heroic qualities or has performed a heroic act and is regarded as a model or ideal

Harvey Richard Walker was born at home on April 27th, 2013 at 6:02am.

Harvey died in our arms on April 28th, 2013 at 9:02pm.

His life gave the potential to save 4 other babies, alleviate the type suffering his family faced for those other families, contribute to the field of ophthalmology, nourish another baby through the donation of the breast milk intended for him and inspire others in countless and yet unknown ways.

This is his story, the story of a hero, which is my story, which is our story.

“I pushed you into this world, but you gave birth to a new me; you revealed in me unquantifiable strength and love, for which I will be forever grateful.”
     -Jess McCormack

2 thoughts on “Harvey the Hero

  1. Thank you for sharing your experience. I too, recently lost my daughter and reading your blog made me realize I am not alone. I am so sorry about your son. I wish no one would ever have to experience such a loss.

    1. I’m so glad you found my blog, Tanya. I am finding it essential to hear the experiences of other parents who have lost children. It is an isolating experience for me, as I find it hard to connect with others like I used to and am very sensitive to any off remark or anything that doesn’t feel 100% supportive. I hope my words continue to help you feel connected. Feel free to email me privately at mtwelty@yahoo.com if you want to share your story or talk more. I also love this blog: angelarodman.blogspot.com. Her letter called “For those who have lost a baby” on her website was so important to me after Harvey first died. I had to read it in several sittings but I eventually got through it and it was such a relief to hear her words and feel understood. I am so sorry to hear about your daughter. I hope your journey is manageable, at least at moments. All the best to you and your sweet little girl, Monica

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