About Baby Girl Karesky
I knew we were going to have a baby sister. I was five and a half years old. I remember painting a picture of her in kindergarten in Baltimore, Maryland. I remember Mom went to the hospital ( military hospital at Fort Meade army base ) and a friend was taking care of Raymond and I. When Mom came home she didn't have a baby and when I asked her where was the baby she said "in heaven." We we really didn't discuss it until I was about 16. She told me the baby choked on the umbilical cord. This was 1953 and they didn't have all the fetal monitoring like they do today. I know Mom almost died from losing blood and they woke up a barracks to get blood donations. She said Dad went in and saw the baby and it was a perfectly formed little girl. I can only imaginaton how Dad, who could be tough when he wanted to but was a sensitive man with a heart of gold who loved his kids must have felt. Mom told me she wanted to try again to have another baby but my Dad was too afraid after almost losing her as well. It saddens me when I think that today my sister would have been 55 years old . I'm sure we would have been close. I know my mother's life would have been different if her daughter had lived. I found the notation of where she was buried (Fort Meade Cemetary in Fort Meade Maryland) several years ago through the International Jewish Cemetary Project. Edward Karesky, Jan. 14, 2009.