A Promise to Amanda: Daughter's death spurs Abbiehl Family on

It's said "When a parent dies you lose your past, when a child dies you lose your future."

But a Granger family, who lost their daughter and sister to a mysterious circumstances, wants to make their daughter's future count in spite of her death.

You may remember the story of 18-year-old Amanda Abbiehl, a Penn High School graduate getting ready to go to college.

She came down with a severe case of Strep Throad and had trouble breathing. Amanda was admitted to St. Joseph Regional Medical Center on July 15th, 2010.

Two days later she died and her parents, Brian and Cindy Abbiehl, told me in an interview afterwards that they believed a lack of monitoring, while she was given pain medications known to slow respiration, led to her death.

Now the Abbiehl's are moving forward with a foundation called "A Promise to Amanda."

A foundation to raise money and awareness they hope will lead to changes in hospital protocol nationwide that will change the way patients are monitored. .

They even have a class of University of Notre Dame students developing a website for their foundation and working to help the Abbiehl's reach out to hospitals.

Cindy says Amanda's Foundation will also award an internship to a student to work on "A Promise to Amanda."
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If you would like to help the Abbiehl's with their foundation, you can make a donation to any Teacher's Credit Union in South Bend and surrounding areas.

Just make your donation to: "A Promise to Amanda."

And the Abbiehl's promise to keep working to change the way patients are monitored and hopefully stop what they believe are preventable deaths.

To view previous stories on Amanda Abbiehl, click on the following links.

http://www.wndu.com/home/headlines/139743763.html

http://www.wndu.com/hometop/headlines/Lawsuit_filed_in_Granger_teens_death_127323403.html

http://www.wndu.com/hometop/headlines/112873559.html


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