A mother is receiving an outpouring of support from the blogosphere following the death of her infant child, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Heather Spohr has spent the last 17 months chronicling the life of her daughter who was born premature at 29 weeks. Doctors did not expect the little girl to survive, but young Madeline defied the odds and not only lived, but became the subject of a very popular blog.
The mother, Heather, became somewhat of a sensation among mommy bloggers, who enjoyed reading about little Madeline's latest adventures in infancy.
According to the LA Times:
Many of [Heather's] fans were mothers, like Spohr, who turned to the Internet for parenting support or a good laugh after a long day of chasing their own children around the house. They followed Maddie daily through naps, park strolls, birthday parties and, now and then, bouts of bronchitis and pneumonia. They suggested home remedies and bathing tricks.
Sadly, though, little Madeline passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday after being rushed to the hospital. News quickly spread across the blogosphere and supporters have already donated more than $20,000 to the March of Dimes, Heather's favorite charity.
"Through the Web, they organized everything from food deliveries to the Spohrs' home to funeral preparations" the Times reports. "Nearly 30 March of Dimes walkathon teams were formed, some in far-flung places such as Spanish Fort, Ala., and Caledonia, Mich., to walk on behalf of Maddie."
"We all put ourselves in Heather's shoes," Megan Hook, a blogger from Camarillo, told the LA Times. "We all interact daily or several times a day online, through Twitter, through chats, through blogs and comments. It could have been any one of us."
Heather Spohr said it will be a while before she returns to the blogosphere.