Fundraising for Baby Millie
Yesterday Millie had her much needed Glenn surgery. It was a 10 hour, very complicated, surgery. We were cautiously hopeful when she came out of surgery that things would be ok. After hours of waiting to see her, we found out she went into cardiac arrest and doctors had to put her on life support. Doctors felt her little heart was tired and would benefit from a rest to put it simply.
Today, we are cautiously optimistic once again. Millie is still on life support but showing signs of her heart warrior spirit. Fighting sedation and responding to music, our voices and touch.
There have been many unforeseen expenses for Caroline, Derek and Millie. Starting with having to pay for hotel expenses as they didn’t get into Ronald MacDonald House for 6 days after they arrived.
With Millie’s newest complications, it has become apparent that their stay in Toronto will be longer then expected. This young family has many worries but money shouldn’t be one of them.
I have had many people ask me how they can help. A small financial donation would help to ease at least one of their burdens.
Once again, we want to thank everyone for their kind messages, thoughts and prayers. Please keep them coming as Millie is not out of the woods yet.
Laura (AKA Nanny)
As most of you probably know, Baby Millie is headed back to Toronto for another open heart surgery. This is a good thing as Doctors weren't sure she would make it back for this life saving surgery.
As you can imagine, there are lots of expenses involved with another trip to TO. Caroline, Derek and Millie would appreciate your continued support.
Millie is such a blessing and I hope you will continue to follow her story.
Laura (aka Nanny)
Yesterday we were blessed with the arrival of Millie Grace Robertson, 5 pounds 11 oz. Caroline and Derek are thrilled with their baby girl.
Our sweet Christmas angel had surgery last night. Doctors said they accomplished what they needed to do and she will have surgery in two weeks when she is a little stronger.
Doctors say it will be months before Millie can come home and then she will require another surgery at six months in Toronto. Please keep this family in your thoughts and prayers. As always any financial contribution would help at this time. Expenses are great and there is no end in sight at this time.
Baby Millie and I are okay. She now has a stent in her heart which so far seems to be working. She is now one of very few babies in the world to ever have this type of operation. I think we are both feeling a little beat up.Thank you everyone for your prayers, they worked!
They are now settling into life in Toronto. Blood flow in Millie's heart seems to be good which will make her stronger for first surgery after birth. It looks like they could be there a little longer than first thought. Possibly 3 months after Millie's birth. We ask that you continue with those positive thoughts and prayers and continue sharing this link. The need for financial support in ongoing.
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Today we are at 25 weeks and 5 days. Our little girl is the size of a rutabaga which oddly enough is what I've been craving lately! Derek and I have been taking prenatal classes at Parents Place, we are learning so much and hoping we will be well prepared when our girl comes. She is so strong. She moves and kicks her mom all the time. Ella our puppy loves to snuggle with her already, she lays across my belly and I feel the baby move to make space. I think Ella likes to listen to her heart beat. We booked our plane tickets to Toronto for Dec 5th and have our fingers crossed that we will make it to that date. Only good news from here on out.
Today we are at 23 weeks and 5 days. I feel her every day now, she kicks and moves all the time. Derek and I want her to be as strong as possible when she is born, so we are exercising, eating vegetables and trying to be mindful of stress. We are so excited to welcome our little girl into the world. Every once in awhile I get over come with sadness because of what she will have to go through so young in her life but she has amazing friends and family supporting her. Thank you to everyone for being there for us. Derek and I are so incredibly appreciative of all of the kind words and help that we have received.
26 weeks and 6 days. Our little one is growing. It's a beautiful fall day and I'm enjoying being outside with our fur babies. Baby Robertson is the length of a green onion. We've noticed her responding to sounds more, she loves when her Dad sings piano man. We are growing a next generation Billy Joel fan!
Goodmorning, we have received many messages from friends and family asking how they can help. Honestly right now our situation with Millie is day by day. Millie is waiting to hear if she will qualify for a lung and heart transplant. If she does, and she is able to wait the time it takes to find her new organs, she will be the first infant heart and lung transplant to be completed in Canada. The life expectancy for someone who has had a lung transplant is 3-5 years. So we are not talking about a cure, we are talking about buying our sweet girl some time to enjoy life. It's hard for Derek and I to even think about the future or about what we may need. However, I thought since it is Congenital Heart Disease Awareness Week I'd put this out there to all the generous people who have offered to support us in anyway. The first thing you could do is give blood, Millie has had to have three blood transfusions in her short 6 weeks of life. It's a relatively easy thing to do that can make a huge difference for someone who is sick like Millie. The second is to consider organ donation. Millie shares a room with two other babies, a girl, 3 months, and a boy, 5 months, both waiting for new hearts. Its a horrible thing to talk about, but in the event of a tragedy, some good could come from it by giving another person the chance for life. I know what receiving organs would mean to us and the other parents who are waiting. And of course, thank you for all your prayers and positive thoughts. We feel them and it helps to know so many people care for our beautiful baby. https://blood.ca/en/blood/can-i-donate