When Errik and Elisabeth Loosli found out that Elisabeth was pregnant with their first child, the Carol Stream couple was thrilled.
But just months into the pregnancy, bumps began to appear on the side of Elisabeth Loosli’s neck and collar bone. After going to a prompt care medical facility, she was given antibiotics and the bumps disappeared.
Then her legs began to ache.
“She couldn’t walk, her legs hurt so bad,” said Errik Loosli, 25, a deputy with the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office. “We were chalking it all up to the pregnancy.”
Elisabeth Loosli, 27, was put on steroids and her legs soon got better. But the bumps on her neck came back.
They went to their primary care doctor who referred them to a specialist. A biopsy revealed Elisabeth Loosli had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
She was able to have one chemotherapy treatment with the baby still in her womb. But when the cancer spread to her spinal fluid, she was told the baby would have to be induced.
Elisabeth Loosli’s doctor asked what names the couple had decided on for the baby, who would have to be delivered at 30 weeks, and offered a suggestion if the baby was a girl.
“The doctor said ‘How about Mira — short for Miracle?,’” Errik Loosli said. “My wife fell in love with it. I liked it, too, so that’s what we went with.”
Mira Loosli was delivered Nov. 13 weighing less than 4 pounds.
The doctor warned that because of her size, she could have lung problems.
“She had a breathing tube on her nose for a week, and then she was off of it,” Errik Loosli said. “She was our little miracle.”
Their daughter will not be able to come home from Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield until she is between 35 and 38 weeks old.
Errik Loosli is now trying to care for both his ailing wife and newborn daughter while keeping on top of the mounting medical bills.
He was able to take some time off of work. And because of his 3 to 11 p.m. work shift, he can be with his wife during the day and visit their daughter in the hospital. Family members come at night to stay with Elisabeth Loosli.
When word spread about the couple’s plight among the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office and DuPage County Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 109, both organizations decided to step in.
“Their first child — my gosh, what a difficult position to be in,” said DuPage County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Randy Groh. “We started discussing how we can try and help out this family.”
A fundraiser will be held Dec. 11 to raise money for the Loosli family. The evening will include food, entertainment and drawings.
Groh is hopeful the community will keep the Loosli family in mind this holiday season.
“Of course, you’re looking for any support you can for the family through these difficult times,” he said. “We just hope the community can help support a family in need.”
Donations can also be sent to the Loosli Family Fund at West Suburban Bank, 401 N. Gary Ave., Carol Stream, IL 60188.