Audrey Ann Wiggins was born on August 6, 2013 approximately one minute after her twin brother at C.S.Mott Children's Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI. She was whisked to a room referred to as "the nest" where doctors were able to confirm, as suspected, that she had a rare birth defect known as Esophageal Atresia/Tracheoesophageal Fistula. The next day, doctors informed us that she also had several congenital heart defects. One week later, a geneticist confirmed that she had Down Syndrome.
Audrey spent 175 days in the Brandon/Holden NICU growing and having many surgeries before she would get to come home. She learned many things and quickly earned the nickname "Cricket" because she would clap her feet and rub them together. She was known for her "Diva Fashion" and fighter attitude.
Audrey spent the next year going between home and the hospital to have surgeries or recover from illnesses, all the while learning to sign, say some words, dance, sing and roll. Oh how proud she was when she learned to roll. Our Cricket was so close to crawling when she was admitted to the hospital January 1, 2015 for respiratory distress and inability to swallow. Audrey was placed on life support, but gained her angel wings at 12:30pm on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
Audrey was a fighter who indeed had noble strenth just as her name means. She fought hard. She lived life. She loved others. Cricket taught us what true unconditional love is. Her smile reached thousands of people building a legacy of love.