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A miracle in grief: North Royalton family finds hope after COVID-19

"It just made me think that as my mom was rising she was sending a new life."

NORTH ROYALTON, Ohio — This is a difficult time for families who are dealing with COVID-19, especially those who've lost a loved one to the virus but a North Royalton woman is finding hope in her grief.

“It was very fast, it was horrible to see, we stood outside that window for about seven hours then she was gone,” says Suzanne Shaw who lost her 95-year-old mother to the virus.

Credit: Suzanne Shaw
Elizabeth Walker has visitors outside of nursing home window

Elizabeth Walker died the day after Easter.

“It was so hard too because no funerals, no viewings, no anyway to properly process or gather was very difficult,” she explains.  “So, when my daughter called and said that she was having the baby that helped.”

However, Suzanne's daughter Brittany was in labor an hour after Elizabeth died, which was a week earlier than expected.

“It just made me think that as my mom was rising she was sending a new life.”

Shaw calls it a miracle. 

Credit: Suzanne Shaw
Magnolia Demetra Clark

Magnolia Demetra Clark was born a day later at home. For protection, her grandmother could only see her through a window as well.

“The window of grief, the window of joy, it’s just such a strange time,” says Shaw.

Her middle name comes from the nurse who cared for Walker in her final days.

Shaw says she and nurse “Dee” have pledged to be friends beyond this situation.

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