I wrote to the writer of this story to ask if this kid can use any of our scraps, if I hear back I will post.
HOUSTON -- When Myron Cloyd from southwest
Houston landed in London 13 years ago, it
was the most exciting - and most frightening - time of his life up until that
This past week, he made a return trip to thank the people who helped hold the
fragile threads of his family’s life together.
Cloyd, a ministry student, received a fellowship from TCU to study abroad. With
a doctor’s permission his wife, Gwendolyn, who was 22 weeks pregnant at the
time, flew to London to join him. She
never made it to their hotel. Complaining of severe back pain, she was
immediately taken to a British hospital where doctors informed her she was in
"At the time, for me, it was the toughest thing I'd ever been through,”
said Cloyd, who stayed by his wife’s side as she struggled for four more weeks
until their son Jackson was born. He weighed just 1 pound, 10 ounces.
"I wanted to be a dad, man! And that was like my dream," Cloyd said.
"And that was what I felt like the best thing I could ever be in my life
was be a father. As a parent, you're looking forward to the birth of your child
with great anticipation and joy, and just to have this fear about losing him!”
But after four months at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital in London, they didn’t lose
him. Jackson made it to five
pounds. A midwife wrapped him in a home-made quilt she made especially for him
and sent the Houston family home.
"Any little thing that somebody did to say ‘we care about you’ meant
something. And it meant a lot,” Cloyd said of the light blue patchwork quilt
with cartoonish scenes of animals from the English countryside.
"It's difficult for me to share in words sometimes, and I'm a wordy guy.
But I just appreciate it. You made all the difference in the world. You helped
us at a time when we were at our least and our weakest and most broken. And you
came and walked alongside us," he said. "You helped us."
Fast forward 13 years, and Jackson Cloyd is adding a few threads of his own.
He’s an eighth grader now and on his way to becoming an Eagle Scout.
“It was comforting,” Jackson said of the
22-inch square quilt he still has that the nurses gave him as a preemie in
2000. And in need of a service project, he and his dad agreed there was only
one thing to do.
With the help of the Jubilee Quilting Circle at Houston’s Community
Artists’ Collective, Jackson learned to sew.
And over the course of several months, he made eight more quilts of the same
size. Each one has a label that says “from one preemie to another.” Because
Myron Cloyd wouldn’t be making that return trip to London alone. Jackson would go with him
to offer the quilts to other premature infants as a thank you to the medical
team that made his life possible.
"I'm really excited. I can't wait. It's gonna be fun,” Jackson told us last
week. "And I think it will give them like warmth and love and hope. The
quilt, it gave my parents like hope and warmth and love. And so I figure if
other people are going through that same situation, that I could give them that
same feeling through a quilt."
But Jackson’s mom wouldn’t be there this time.
Gwendolyn Cloyd lost her battle with cancer in 2008. Jackson is making the
return trip to the hospital of his birth as a tribute to his mom, as well.
"I just miss her,” he said, like being around and stuff,” he said in his
southwest Houston living room that surrounds him with pictures of his late mom. "I feel like it will make me closer to her, because the quilt, it comforted her a lot because she was stressed out a lot. So I figured I could give those quilts back and it would like honor her."
"I want him to know how fragile life is,” Myron Cloyd said. “And sometimes
it hangs in the balance by a thread. But it's people helping you and being with
you, even if they are strangers, giving of themselves so you can have life,” he
said of the lessons learned by a quilt and the hospital workers who gave of
themselves so Jackson would have a chance at life.
Last Friday, Jackson and his dad made it to that London hospital,
carrying the eight new quilts and a box full of toys for children at the Ronald
McDonald House across the street from the hospital. Myron and Gwen Cloyd stayed
there for free during Jackson’s first few
Jackson got to deliver
the quilts to Mary Mulkerrins, the social worker/midwife who gave him his quilt
13 years ago. Myron said there was laughter, lots of tears, and that Jackson even chose to
speak to several of the parents in the neonatal intensive care unit to let them
know miracles, like him, are possible.
"I'm giving back to people and I'm paying it forward so they can have a good life like me as well,” Jackson said. “It just
feels good to help people who are going through the same thing that I went
"I've always thought I've been a proud Papa. But I'm like super, duper
proud beyond what I could express now of him,” Myron said.
Jackson knows his mom would be proud too
-- proud of a one pound, ten ounce miracle paying it forward one thread, one
stitch, at a time.
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What a wonderful boy! That's a really nice story. I hope the writer replies to you.
Thanks so much for posting this. It is refreshing to read some good news for a change.
Zoe, I'm in tears! What a wonderful story you've shared. Please let us know what you hear from him. (((((HUGS))))) to that young man and his family.
As a mother of preemie twins; 2 lbs 8 oz and 2 lbs 14 oz, and both 18 inches long, this story is very touching to me! They were born at 29 weeks. Joshua and Jacob will be 26 tomorrow (March 19) and they are both over 6 feet tall and over 225 lbs now!! The NICU nurses at OSU Hospital (Columbus, OH) were awesome with them and with me. This story has inspired me- thank you for posting this wonderful story.
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