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‘My Angel’s Print’ allows parents to have a keepsake of their lost child

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -- Losing a child is an unmatchable heartbreak for parents. Children's Miracle Network and UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's in Sioux City has a way to help those parents memorialize their child forever.

"The worst part is when you walk out of that hospital, you have empty arms," said Katie Kruse, founder of My Angel's Print.

Katie Kruse felt what no parent should have to feel when she lost her daughter, Elizabeth Amy, two years ago.

Elizabeth Amy was born with an incurable genetic disorder and unlivable abnormalities.

Katie needed to have her daughter with her, even if it couldn't be in her arms.

"I went and got one of these kits at Empty Nest and one of the nurses did her footprint for me. It is something I wear around my neck and it is something very special," said Katie.

Katie had her daughter's footprint put on a Precious Metal Prints necklace, to go along with her two living son's prints.

"So when we lost Elizabeth, we had flowers and food, but at the same time, I needed to do something with this heartbreak and give her a legacy."

Partnering with UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's and Children's Miracle Network, Katie started My Angel's Print, to let other grieving moms and dads have a piece of their angel as well.

"I went to Facebook and said I want to have at least one year worth of kits, 30-40 kits. I raised over 200 kits."

Now, when parents lose an infant up to 12 months old, the hospital will give them a My Angel's Print kit.

The significance of a tiny print that bears such a large meaning.

Katie also started hosting a mothers group called No Foot Too Small in Sioux City. She said it is important for moms to be able to say their child's name out loud.

2021's Children's Miracle Network Minithon

All this week you have the chance to make a difference in a child's life. KTIV is partnering with UnityPoint Health-St. Luke's and iHeartMedia to hold a Children's Miracle Network Minithon.

We are asking you to make a donation to help with the extraordinary work the Children's Miracle Network does in our community.

You can make a donation right now by calling (712) 279-3900. Donations can also be given online or through the mail, learn how here.

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