1-year-old passes away after months of community support

Published 10:14 am Monday, July 22, 2013

Halle Scott Windham, center, with her sisters Marlee, left, and Layla, right. (Contributed)

Halle Scott Windham, center, with her sisters Marlee, left, and Layla, right. (Contributed)

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

A 1-year-old born premature in April 2012 passed away on July 21 after several months of support from communities and organizations throughout Shelby County.

Halle Scott Windham, who was born to Alabaster residents Amy and Jeffrey Windham in April 2012, died at 5:19 p.m. on July 21 after spending the past several months fighting for her life at Children’s Hospital.

“Our sweet sassy frass has earned her angel wings at 5:19,” Amy Windham wrote on the family’s blog. “It was such a beautiful moment, but at the same time I will never understand why.

“We were able to take her outside on a private garden patio and rock her. She had never been outside. I rocked while she took her last breath,” read the blog. “We had the most amazing people surrounding us. This is the hardest thing I have ever had to do. She was the love of my life. I will miss her so much. My heart is broken into.”

When she was born, Halle Scott weighed 1 pound, 9 ounces and was 12 inches long.

Although Halle Scott spent her entire life in the hospital, the family maintained a faith-based outlook to make it through the ordeal.

“I know a lot are wondering how I am doing. I’m hanging on but my heart is (broken),” Amy Windham wrote on July 19. “God is good, and will carry me through each step of this journey.

“Your comments and prayers are so uplifting,” Amy Windham wrote.

Throughout Halle Scott’s life, several Shelby County organizations and businesses supported the family with events and fundraisers.

A portion of the recent Shelby County Never Ever Give Up race in Columbiana benefited the Windham family, and the Alabaster Parks and Recreation Department supported the family during the Jefferson-Shelby Youth Football League championship game at Thompson High School’s Larry Simmons Stadium.

Pelham’s Sonic restaurant and Alabaster’s Dairy Queen and Steak ‘n Shake restaurants also held fundraisers for the Windham family.

“Please pray for my girls, my family and the nurses who taken care of her everyday,” Amy Windham wrote. “I love you all so much.”