AFE Survivor Michelle
On September 28, 2012, Michelle Berg-Moon suffered an Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE). Her life was unexpectedly threatened and turned upside down during what should have been one of the most joyous times of her young family’s life; the delivery of their second baby girl, Piper. The doctor’s gave Michelle’s family a dismal chance of surviving. However, with excellent and aggressive care, she did survive.
Shortly after returning home, Michelle reached out to the AFE Foundation which provided her with the information she needed as well as connected her to other young mothers and families who had also suffered an AFE. Michelle and her husband, Andy, knew they wanted to do something to honor and recognize what had happened by helping others.
“I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am to be here today along with our healthy daughter. Surviving an AFE is a traumatic and life-altering event; it is something that changes you.”
“I wanted to do something that would support awareness and research of this condition and it was a natural fit to support the AFE Foundation”, says Michelle. As Director of Facilities Sales and Service at the Tobin Center of Performing Arts and President of the Alamo Chapter of the National Association of Catering and Events, Michelle knows all about putting on a successful and memorable event.
AFE Foundation Executive Director, Miranda Klassen remembers her first conversation with Michelle. “When we first spoke, Michelle immediately started to talk about planning an event. She was just months out from her AFE experience. She had a new baby in addition to a toddler at home, and she was working more than full-time. I cautioned her on doing too much and reminded her that we were there to support her”, says Miranda. As we have come to find, Michelle and Andy can handle a lot!
Michelle quickly assembled her closest friends and hospitality colleagues to create a one-of-a-kind event. Tango of the Vines has proven to be the premier San Antonio event that appeals to anyone who loves food, wine and identifies with Texas way of life- generosity. As they say, all things in Texas are bigger, and when it comes to Tango of the Vines, it sure does.
After two very successful years, Tango of the Vines has hosted over 500 guests and raised $45,000 to help fund our ongoing research at Baylor College of Medicine. 10 families affected by AFE from all over the U.S. have attended the event. Michelle says, “We hope many families affected by AFE that are near the area will attend the event and be able to meet one another while enjoying a nice evening at the beautiful Lambermont this year.”
In addition to the funds, Michelle’s story has been featured multiple times on television stations (both in English and Spanish), radio, and print. Piper’s first birthday was celebrated with all of the staff at North Central Baptist Hospital and was featured in a special video for the hospital.
The AFE Foundation is incredibly grateful for Michelle’s unwavering support and her genuine desire to give back. The funds raised by Tango of the Vines have allowed us to pay for a part-time research associate at Baylor College of Medicine to support our patient registry. However, the contributions her family and friends have made to the organization far exceed just monetary support. The value of their time, expertise, and talents are truly priceless. This year, Michelle accepted the position of Vice-Chair of the Board, adding to her already full schedule. “Michelle is one of the kindest human beings I’ve ever had the opportunity to know. If Michelle says she’s going to do something, she does it, and does it well”, says Miranda.
The 3rd Annual ‘Tango of the Vines’ will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Lambermont in San Antonio, Texas. The evening will feature wine tastings from several Texas Hill Country Vineyards, food tastings from top local eateries, live entertainment, and a silent auction. Click here for more information, to see photos from past events, or to purchase tickets. We hope to see you there.