Zariah's Fight For Life
Meet little Zariah Donovan who was born September 13th, 2015.
Zariah's story began with preterm labor at 23 weeks and 3 days. At each medical facility, the providers continually stressed that Zariah was not considered viable and strongly advised against full medical intervention. After being transferred to 3 different facilities, Zariah entered the world at 23 weeks and 6 days, weighing 1lb 6oz. At this gestational age, we were given a 15% chance of survival. There would be a high probability of blindness, hearing loss, physical impairment, cognitive impairment, Cerebral Palsy, increased infection risk, brain bleeds, and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC).
Our NICU journey has been a roller coaster. Our little fighter has endured and conquered many trials over the last 3 years. She has triumphed over heart surgery at 3 weeks of age, pneumonias, 12 blood transfusions, sepsis, and lung collapse. Throughout our journey, we have been told countless times that she was not going to make it. In April 2016, we were informed that Zariah had the worst case of Chronic Lung Disease the hospital had seen and her chance of survival was 0%.
After being given no chance of survival in Utah, we chose to give Zariah every opportunity to thrive. Zariah & Dad transferred to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. This 1,700 mile move gave Zariah a 96% chance of survival. Zariah went from a medically paralyzed and sedated baby to a Smiling, Interactive, and Thriving child!
Zariah has come so far, but still has many challenges to overcome. She has oral aversion from being intubated for 6 months. She becomes agitated and gags at everything near her mouth. Zariah is working on taking steps and walking! Our future holds extensive Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Physical Therapy.
Funds raised will go towards Zariah's medical bills, additional therapies that Zariah will need, and will go towards converting our house into a Home NICU for Zariah. Please help our Miracle continue to thrive.
Zariah's strength and perseverance has been life changing to so many! We are so blessed to call her our daughter. Her light and strength lifts us up during the unbearable moments. She has reminded us to treasure and celebrate every moment! We know she will able to overcome these developmental challenges with the help of OT, PT, and speech therapy. We know in our heart that she can overcome anything! We continue to witness miracles daily.
Please pray for our Zariah! Please pray for healthy lung tissue! Please pray for continued milestones! After being in the NICU for over 3 years, please help us get Zariah strong enough to be able to come home! Join us and get in the corner as we fight daily to ensure this beautiful baby girl gets to experience all that this beautiful world has to offer.
Hi, mom here... How do we even begin to thank our supporters? How do we thank the people whose mass prayers have delivered us miracles time and time again. How do we thank those who have been there 24hrs a day to lift our spirits? You all have given us so many gifts. Gifts of love, prayers, support, and joy when we needed it the most. Your support has made it possible for us to focus on helping Zariah heal and develop mentally and emotionally. We are so humbled by the overwhelming support you all have shown us on this difficult journey. We can never thank you enough! God bless you all.
We thank everyone for all of the love and financial support from the bottom of our hearts! Currently we are asking for financial help for flights so mom can be able to visit Zariah in Ohio once per month. Mom is the insurance carrier for the family so she will need to stay in Utah to work and take care of Raven while I take care of Zariah here in Ohio. We appreciate any assistance! #ZariahStrong
Childrens Hospital of Columbus in Ohio is a great hospital. They saved my little sisters life many years ago when she came down with Menigitis at 7 months old, She is now 41.. . And My granddaughter life just 5 years ago...dont know what we would have done without such a GREAT place. Your daughter is so sweet and beautiful. God Gave her to you as he knew you were just that special mom and dad that could handle the storm through this for her!! Remember that. With all the love and prayers sent to her and you she will continue to get strong and be out soon I am sure!! I cant give today, but maybe next month...God bless and hugs to you all.