KINGWOOD, Texas Katy Hayes can t hold her three-month-old baby daughter right now but her friend can.
Michelle Dykstra is caring for Arielle, whose mother lost botharms and legs to a strep infection a few weeks after giving birth.
It s a strange, strange twist of fate, Dykstra said. I get to be a mom again and I get to teach my son about compassion. I m able. I can do it. I m happy to do it for Katy.
Katy Hayes remains hospitalized in Dallas recovering from the infection that nearly killed her.
While she was in a coma, her husband had to make the agonizing decision to allow surgeons to amputate all four of Katy's limbs.
It s a complete miracle that I m alive so I m so grateful. I m so grateful, Katy Hayes said Thursday from her Parkland Hospital bed. I wouldn t be here for my kids if they wouldn t have taken my arms and legs.
She finds comfort in knowing that her three children are being cared for by friends back in Kingwood.
This community has been on their knees praying for this family, Dykstra said.
Since February, Arielle has truly become Kingwood s baby and the community has come together to raise money for the Hayes family.
We are working on specific goals and those goals are getting her prosthetics, getting her a wheelchair-accessible vehicle, said Paula Tobey.
Tobey is another family friend and one of the forces behind the fundraising.
I can t even imagine being in her situation, not being able to be with the baby, Tobey said.
The family recently got special permission from Hayes doctors to bring Arielle to visit her. That moment jump-started her recovery, according to friends.
This is healing. It s healing to hold a baby to see the positive out of this situation, said Dykstra.
Friends said Katy Hayes could be home in Kingwood by the end of May.
If you would like to help the Hayes family, you can donate to the Katy Hayes fund at any Chase bank.