24-weeker Cooper and Family

 
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MEET THOMAS COOPER LEWIS III: We call him Cooper. After his mother, Annette, had an emergency rescue cerclage at 22 weeks pregnant she was forced to be on bedrest to try and stay pregnan... more

 
 
 
 
 
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Updated posted by Valerie Yorba-Rile 15 months ago

Cooper, now 29 weeks old, is still on a breathing tube with the hopes of being on CPAP this week. The medical staff is hoping Cooper will move along on his own with the help of steroids that can make his risks higher of cerebral palsy and brain damage. He is no 990 grams, 2.3 pounds, a milestone for the little guy! Please continue to share with others and thank you so much! If you have already donated before the "reward levels" we will get in touch to mail you your rewards.

 
 
 

Updated posted by Valerie Yorba-Rile 15 months ago

Cooper's head ultrasound results were positive with one side resolved and the other side minimizing. His PDA has also gotten smaller. He is now just over 2 pounds, a milestone for the little guy. He continues to have breathing support with the hopes of coming off over the weekend. This will be the third try to get him to support himself on his own. Attached is a video of Cooper with his "touch time"

 
 
 

Updated posted by Valerie Yorba-Rile 15 months ago

Cooper is 28 weeks today! No big changes for him. He has been up and down in weight and is currently at 1 pound 14 ounces thanks in part to the blood transfusion. Right now there are lab works out for "gunk" in Cooper's lungs to make sure it isn't a virus. He may get a boost of steroids to hopefully help his lungs come along a little faster so he can get off the breathing tube. The longer on the breathing tube the most chances of him developing something sickly. He is still tolerating feedings well and gets about 15 mL every three hours. Please continue to share this page with others and pray for the family.

 

 
 
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Created by Valerie Yorba-Rile on January 6, 2013

MEET THOMAS COOPER LEWIS III: We call him Cooper. After his mother, Annette, had an emergency rescue cerclage at 22 weeks pregnant she was forced to be on bedrest to try and stay pregnant as long as possible. After two weeks later Annette's water broke and Cooper arrived 16 weeks early at 24 weeks 2 days, just two days over what medical professionals call "viable." Born December 18, 2012 at 1 pound 10 ounces and 12.5 inches long, medical staff warned both Annette and Tom (parents) that he may not make it and it was unclear of his diagnosis. 
This life changing event threw Tom and Annette in a whirlspin now having their son four months early and in a neonatal intensive care unit three hours away from home. Annette was forced to quit her five-year career so she can devote all of her time and energy to Cooper and his progress. Tom travels back and forth every single week to see his son and wife, taking the three hour drive. 
NICU nurses warn that it is "one step forward and one step back" for babies especially his age. Cooper has progressed but every day is different - from blood transfusions, brain bleeds, IVs, breathing tubes, Patent Duct Arteriosus and more, Cooper's permanent outcome is unknown. But with his strength and courage to fight daily, Cooper has stolen the hearts of many. 
His parents are trying to what's best for him. They are financially struggling depending on one paycheck for everyday expenses plus the expenses for Annette and Cooper to be three hours away from home. 
If you can donate $1, $5, anything would help this family and help them focus on their baby and family rather than stress about funds to travel back and forth and expenses. 
You can stay up to date on Cooper at tnalewis.blogspot.com

 
 
 
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You are in our prayers Little Cooper!

posted by Kathy Thomas 15 months ago

THANK YOU everyone that has donated, I couldn't begin to explain the pure appreciation and love that we feel! Little Cooper is hanging in there, has a had a rough couple of days, with he oxygen needs going up. Since Cooper is requiring more oxygen we haven't been able to hold him in a few days but we are always by his side for the smallest accomplishments!

posted by Annette Ungaretti Lewis 15 months ago

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Jennifer Boyce Patterson

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Love you guys alot!!!!!!!!!!! Go Cooper

 
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Carol Rodriguez

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Thank you to Andrea for posting about Cooper. I am praying for the family and for Cooper. I feel a special bond with him..... I was over a month premature in 1969, on December 18. With technology today, I know in my heart he will grow up to be an amazing little boy and man. Sincerely, Carol Rodriguez

 

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Crystal/Paul Westphal

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I had a preemie baby 12 years ago. She was born at 27 weeks. she was 2 pounds 3 ounces and was also a little fighter. She is in the 7th grade now and amazing and perfect!!! I sympathize for your family and what you are going through right now. I will keep you in my prayers and I know what fighters these miracle babies can be! Love you all!!!!

 
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Keeping the 3 of you in our prayers.

 

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Thoughts and prayers!

 
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Many blessings to you and your family.

 

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