When Amanda Williams was asked why she had put her infant daughter, Maddie, to sleep in the middle of the night, she responded, “Because we were having a party.”
Williams was on a family vacation to Florida with her husband, Chris, and their newborn daughter, who was also asleep.
She awoke to a series of panicked phone calls from Maddie’s grandparents telling her that Maddie had been placed in a medically induced coma by a doctor who mistakenly believed she was dead.
Williams, who is now married to her husband of eight years, said she knew Maddie would never wake up.
“It just doesn’t happen,” she said.
“I was thinking, ‘We have a little girl, we’re trying to put her to sleep, but we’re just going to have to find a way to do it.'”
Williams told NBC News she had to call for help when she heard about Maddie in critical condition.
She said she went to the hospital where she and her husband were treated, but her baby remained in a critical condition until the mid-afternoon.
Williams said she decided to take Maddie off life-support just to make sure she could be reunited with her daughter.
The couple has since reunited with their daughter.
“I thought, I don’t know how I’m going to do this, but this is going to be the best thing that could ever happen to my baby,” she told NBC.
Williams is now in a hospital ward where she has been in for nearly two weeks recovering from complications stemming from the complications of the baby’s condition.
The Williams family was shocked to learn of Maddies demise.
“When I heard about the baby, I just felt so bad,” said Chris Williams, who called his wife a hero for taking care of Maddies family.
“Maddie is my best friend.
We’ve been married for nine years, and she’s always been the best friend of mine.
I have a feeling we’ll be seeing each other again soon,” Chris Williams said.