DETROIT (WXYZ) – On Sunday, September 11, as Deveia Martin fights to bring her sixth child Josiah to the world at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, just seven miles away, the home of her family in Detroit, and everything she did to prepare her son, was on fire.
“About 3 a.m. Sunday, my neighbor called and said, open the door, open the door, your house is on fire,” says Daveia Martin. “I had a baby shower on August 27, where everything was burned. What else do I have to do? It’s the only thing I can think of is, I What are you going to do?”
While these thoughts raced through Martin’s head, the women helping with her birth overheard her conversation over the phone.
“I think that’s one of the biggest thoughts, what can we do? What can we do?” Mesha Farrington, unit educator of the Mother/Baby Unit at Henry Ford Hospital.
Farrington and her colleagues say they did what the nurses were supposed to do. They helped this mother.
“Everybody was like, ‘Wow, we want to help,’” Martin recalls. “It’s like ‘Ya will really want to help me?” like, ‘Ya will want to help me?? “
Henry Ford holds an annual “baby shower” organized by the National Association of Black Businesses and the Professional Women’s Club each spring.
At this event, piles of baby supplies are donated to help mothers in need throughout the year.
Henry Ford Hospital says it sees about 2,500 births a year, and about a third of those families fall into the need-based category this program can help them with.
Because the need for Martin’s family was so great, the nurses were able to gift her merchandise from the show, and they all gathered for a personal donation.
“It was literally a team effort that literally the entire labor and delivery team was involved in,” said Dayna Heitman, assistant clinical director of labor and delivery at Henry Ford Hospital. .
Martin says, “It’s less stressful because I just think like ‘I need to get well quickly so I can get back to work and get everything ready for my baby.’ So get help? It’s really a blessing, trust me.”
The Martins still don’t know what caused their house fire.
While Daveia, her husband and their six children are currently looking for a place to stay, they told 7 Action News they will be checking into the hotel every night.
Their sister-in-law created this Go-Fund-Me that you can donate if you want to get your family back on track.
The Martin family say they know it will be a battle to recover from this, but the nurses at Henry Ford have shown them that when they are at their hardest, the community will support them.
“They are really heroes,” Martin said.