'Rain' - A Year in the Life of a Shaken Baby Syndrome Survivor
Richard and Natalie Hadley are the parents of Rain, who was shaken by a daycare provider in 1996 when he was three months old. Rain survived but with permanent brain damage that caused developmental delays, partial paralysis, and speech and visual impairment. When they met other families in Omaha with frighteningly similar stories, the Hadleys knew they had to tell their story – and keep telling it in the hope that even one child would be spared. They founded a support group for families of SBS victims and to spread awareness of the dangers of shaking an infant. Their testimony – including a visit from Rain himself – at the Nebraska Unicameral helped lead to a state law requiring parents of newborns to view an SBS prevention video before taking their baby home. The Hadleys speak each year to hundreds of high school students in child development and parenting classes and to state-required educational classes for daycare providers.
Richard captured the struggles and triumphs that the family – including Rain’s sister, brother and grandparents – experiences in raising a disabled child in his full length documentary, “Rain.” The film also shows the profound impact that Rain and his story have on the people he comes in contact with and in his community.
To view the movie please click on this link. Run time is 1 hour, 21 minutes.