I met Megan and Brent Marshall in 2010 when they were expecting their first baby, Michael Cohen Marshall. The Oklahoma couple sold their house and moved to Dallas to be near Children’s since Cohen would be born with multiple, complex heart defects. They searched all over for the right hospital for their son and felt most confident in our Heart Center. They told me that they knew Cohen’s conditions were serious, and they needed a place that gave them hope along the way.
We followed the Marshalls and took photos throughout their journey of Cohen’s birth and treatment at Children’s. Cohen fought hard and underwent four surgeries during the first five days of his life. Megan and Brent stayed strong and fought alongside their precious son every step of the way. During that time, they noticed that music calmed Cohen and helped them cope, too.
Cohen passed away on June 18, 2010 at 12 days old. He left a legacy of love with all of his caregivers at Children’s. And Megan and Brent are making sure that other patients and families will also be touched by Cohen’s legacy. They came back on what would have been Cohen’s second birthday to donate iPod Touches for all 20 rooms in the cardiac intensive care unit. Now families have access to music 24/7 and are able to take pictures and videos of their children to share with loved ones who cannot be at the hospital - something Megan and Brent will treasure forever.
“We are so glad we have memories of Cohen to look back on,” says Megan. “We hope these gifts will provide a source of comfort and encouragement to families.”
Read more about the iPods for Cohen project on Megan’s blog, and watch the video above to see the couple present the gifts to caregivers who treated their son.