Azia Fields was “my miracle baby,” said her mother, Davieda Fields.
Azia had suffered a stroke and was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, or too much fluid deep inside the brain, before she was born. After birth, Azia had more problems, including frequent pneumonia, her mother said.
Doctors told her the infant had three months to live.
Azia Fields was 7 years old when she died Nov. 13 at her Omaha home after inhaling milk into her lungs, her mother said.
Although Azia could not speak, walk or crawl, her mother said, “We just laughed because a lot of the things they said she'd never do, she did.”
Besides her mother, Azia is survived by her father, Rodney Smith of Omaha; brother, Ahmon Smith of Dallas; sisters Kanaya Smith and Jaliya Smith, both of Omaha; grandparents Sara and David Fields, Annette Russell and Rodney Smith Sr., all of Omaha; and great-grandmothers Elaine Williams of Omaha and Bertha Fields of Akron, Ohio.
A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. today at Kremer Funeral Home, 6302 Maple St. After the service, the family will receive friends at Sherman Community Center, 5701 N. 16th St.