#BRINGBECKHAMHOME

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Larry Ralph & Michaela Smith have been planning a family for several years. Much to their surprise they found out this past spring that they were expecting. So they have been planning their lives accordingly. They found out in May that it was a boy, due October 15th, 2017. They planned a  babymoon to Cancun, Mexico for a small get-away before the baby was scheduled to make his appearance this fall. Tuesday, July 18th, in the morning, Michaela wasn't feeling so well- so Larry took her to the emergency room in Cancun just to make sure all was well. Come to find out, she was dilated to 5cm. The medical team at Hospiten Cancun tried to stop the labor but alas she kept progressing to 8 cm. The medical team decided to make a quick decision for the health of the baby & Michaela to induce labor even though Michaela was only 27.5 weeks pregnant.  Beckham Lake Smith-Ralph was born July 18th, 2017....weighing about 2lbs. He is breathing and seems to be doing ok, but needs further medical care. The hospital will not release the baby until all funds are paid. What started off as a $7,000 bill has jumped up to $37,000 and keeps rising the past 35 hours, with no end in site. We are working on getting a medical air evacuation set up and a hospital to accept him here state side. The Ralph & Smith family members have been working around the clock the past 24 hours trying to contact all the congressman, US embassy, US consolates,....and running into obstacles time and time again. Now the Cancun hospital is demanding even more money before they will even release Baby Beckham and Michaela. 

We as a family have come together and already paid the air-medivac company $30,000 to bring them home stateside.....now we ran into another problem. The hospitals in Florida that we tried to use will not accept him because of the mother's insurance being on Indiana Hoosier Healthwise plan. So we are back to the drawing board with an even more expensive air-medivac bill.... we are waiting to hear the new price to maybe and try to bring Beckham home here to Riley in Indiana. All details are still up in the air. I will be updating this as soon as I hear anything new.....

07/20/17 we have made arrangements with a NEW emergency Medivac,.... Air Med, we have made connections with Riley Children's Hospital,..... keep praying, sharing and donating!

What I am asking of friends and family..... if you are able to please  financially donate & help bring Beckham home. He needs emergency health care to give this little guy the medical attention he needs. He is small at less than 2lbs but mighty in spirit. The fact that he has already survived and is fighting this much in the past 24 hours is outstanding, but we do need your help. Please if you are able to donate & share this go fund me page. We appreciate anything and all donations,..... also please keep watch of this page as I will post updates on Baby Beckham, Mom Michaela & Dad Larry's progress thru this journey. We greatly appreciate all of the love and support,..... let's bring Beckham home!!!!
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Words cannot adequately express the amount of gratitude we have for the love and support we have been shown this past week. The generosity that has been shown to Beckham in regards to his Go Fund Me page is beyond anything we could have ever imagined. At this time we have decided to take the page down; however, we want everyone to know that your generosity has meant the world to us. We will be taking any money that is left over and donating it to Riley Children's Hospital. We would also like to let you know that Beckham has had a few setbacks and has a long road of recovery, but we know we are exactly where we need to be. He is receiving amazing medical care and attention at Riley''s Children's Hospital.
Again, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you have done, whether it was making a donation, sending encouraging texts or just reaching out and expressing your continued thoughts and prayers.

-Larry, Michaela & Baby Beckham
Proud Parents of Beckham
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Update 07/21/17:
"The parents and family of baby Beckham would like to extend their extreme gratitude and sincere appreciation for the outpouring of love and support they have received from not only local Hoosiers, but from across the United States. Baby Beckham has been reunited with both parents and is receiving the medical attention that he needs. While this experience has been very scary and traumatic, both parents are now focusing on the most important thing, Beckham's continued recovery. Again, we want to thank everyone for the continued love and support that has been and is continuing to be shown to this precious little fighter. At this time the family is asking that you give them privacy and respect their wishes for no visitors at Riley Children's Hospital."

Again we are truly blessed by all of the love and continued support that keeps pouring in! Thank you for all of the best wishes, concerns, & prayers- we appreciate every single one!
Michaela finally holding Beckham,...<3
Larry snuggling their tiny fighter!
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They are in INDIANA!!! We wanted to update all of our family, friends and supporters! Thank you Thank you Thank You from the bottom of our hearts! Beckham is getting the proper medical care that he deserves! He is doing well, mom & dad are doing well,..... for the rest of the evening we are going to get them all settled and properly fed/rested! We will be giving the family some space as they come down from this crazy traumatic past 72 hours. I will update in the next day or so as we know how things progress! Thank you for ALL of the support and love! We are absolutely speechless and overwhelmed by all of the outpouring of love!!!!
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They are on their way home!!! They have already been to Pensacola, went through customs and are in the air as we speak --headed for Indiana! Almost home,.... hang on guys--- the last leg of the journey is the always the longest!!!!

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