Jesse's Blanket

Jesse's Story 

My name is Anna Maxwell, and my husband is Jonathan Maxwell. This is the story of our amazing son, Jesse Robert Maxwell.

Jesse was born five weeks early on June 12, 2008 at Decatur General Hospital. All of his organs were failing, and his brain was swollen. He was rushed to the Huntsville Hospital Neonatal ICU. They put him on a cooling blanket to help reduce the brain swelling.

Jesse went to Heaven on June 14, 2008. God gave us two wonderful days with him. We later found out he died from Waterhouse-Friderichsen syndrome. His adrenal glands were bleeding, and this caused all of his organs to shut down and his brain to swell. We are very thankful to all of the doctors and nurses for the time and effort they devoted in order for us to have those few precious days with Jesse.

Jesse was and will always be our little baby boy. He weighed 6 pounds 9 ounces. He had my strawberry-blonde hair and his daddy’s chin. We will never forget holding him in our arms. Even though Jesse was only with us on this earth for such a short time, he has affected us greatly.

The NICU only had one cooling blanket when Jesse needed it. If the cooling blanket had been in use when Jesse needed it, he would have had to go to another hospital. We probably would not have had the chance to see him.

Through Jesse's Blanket, we have raised enough money to purchase another cooling blanket for the NICU. We hope we can continue to help babies by raising money for whatever the NICU needs.


Please click on the following link to donate in memory of Jesse:

Our Family of Five

Jesse now has two beautiful little sisters! On August 10, 2009, we welcomed Lorelai Ann Maxwell to our family. She weighed 7 pounds and 10 ounces at birth. She is so much like her daddy! On December 16, 2011, our sweet Lynda Elizabeth Maxwell (Lizzie) was born. She weighed 8 pounds and 2 ounces. She looks a lot like me. Getting to watch them reach milestones, change, and grow together is so amazing! They have given us reason to smile again and keep going on!

Jesse would be 5 years old now. I cannot believe it has been that long since we held him close and smelled his sweet skin. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him, sometimes with tears and sometimes with a smile. It is hard not to imagine what he would be like and what he would be doing now if he were here. I love to talk about him and show off his pictures. Lorelai likes to talk about her brother when she sees the pictures in the house, and I love that. These moments help me know he was real, he was cherished, and he will always be important. I hope he knows he was and forever will be loved. I look forward to the day we meet again in our forever home, Heaven.

Thank you all for your love and support!


"To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

A time to be born, And a time to die;

A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;

A time to kill, And a time to heal;

A time to break down, And a time to build up;

A time to weep, And a time to laugh;

A time to mourn, And a time to dance;

A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;

A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;

A time to gain, And a time to lose;

A time to keep, And a time to throw away;

A time to tear, And a time to sew;

A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;

A time to love, And a time to hate;

A time of war, And a time of peace."

-Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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Jesse's Blanket t-shirts are still available!
A minimum donation of $10 is asked for a t-shirt. One hundred percent of the money goes to the Huntsville Hospital Neonatal ICU in memory of Jesse Robert Maxwell. Please use the e-mail below for more information and a list of available sizes.

Please e-mail Anna Maxwell at if you would like to order a Jesse's Blanket t-shirt, have a question, or want to send us a private message.