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Brubaker Family Medical Support Fund

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Raised by 947 people in 26 days
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Created March 30, 2019
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on behalf of Eric Brubaker
Our daughter is currently in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit. We have been extremely grateful for your support and have received multiple offers for friends and family that would like to show their support in various ways. Right now we are surrounded by family and are focusing all of our attention on our daughter's treatment, but recognize that there will be significant costs surrounding this time in the hospital and an unknown future. If you wish to show your support financially, please do so and know that you have our deepest appreciation. We will try to update you on our daughter's condition as we are able.

- Eric, Peggy, and family
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A post from Eric, Peggy, and Lydia:


Norah had a happy childhood. We gave her everything she needed. She told her mom not too long ago that she didn't want to grow up. She was strong willed and stubborn, and quick to call out injustice when she saw it. She felt things deeply. When she was upset, she felt the weight of the world crashing down on her. When things were going her way, she was on top of the world, chatting endlessly about big ideas and big plans. She wanted to live in a big city, go back to the great lakes, ride her bike at Red Wing, get a phone, be a marine biologist. 

On Thursday she was starting to look more sick again, and began to get sleepier. Through all of her long 3 weeks in UVA, she had moments of responsiveness, when she would blink an eye or even nod in response to her parents voices. Throughout the night she became less responsive, and we knew something wasn't right. A ct scan on Friday proved the worst. She had suffered multiple strokes to both sides of her brain, doing extensive damage. We knew she was gone. Her last hours were spent surrounded by family. We told her she was the most important thing to us and we loved her so much. She was the one who made us who we are, Mom, Dad, Sister.

At her bedside I made her another promise, that we would try to be happy again. She touched so many people and was loved by so many. Even in her dying hours, there was a stream of nurses and doctors coming through her door. However this time they weren't there for procedures or tests. They each came to hug us, talk to Norah, and shed a tear. They had bonded with her deeply.

We are grateful for your compassion. People have asked all along what they can do to help.

Hug a hospital worker
Give blood
Fill your homes with laughter and music
Tell your friends and family you love them
freely and often

- Eric, Peggy, and Lydia

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As I'm sure you understand, financial needs have shifted significantly. For now, I have turned off donations to this campaign, but I will continue to keep you updated as we determine how we can best celebrate Norah and honor her memory.

- Uncle Daryl
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It is with a broken heart that I share with you that Norah Brubaker passed away on Friday evening (4/19/19). She fought so hard over the last three weeks with so much love around her and spent her last hours surrounded by her family and grandparents.

While her journey is now over, the family's continues as we all try to find a way to live that honors Norah and the love we have for her.

We appreciate your continued prayers as we walk as a family and in particular as we support Eric, Peggy, and Lydia through this unimaginable life experience.
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As with many days over the last 3 weeks, yesterday was bittersweet. Nobody who has met Norah would ever deny her strength and she has certainly shown the extent of that strength through this struggle.

I'd like to start by thanking you all once again. The family has been overwhelmed by the support--emotionally, financially, and otherwise. It was with hesitation that Eric and Peggy allowed me to proceed with the GoFundMe campaign launch in the first place. Norah is a very private person and the last thing they wanted to do was make a spectacle of her condition or use that condition as a fundraising tool. However, it was clear that many people care very deeply for the family and were looking for a way they could help and show that love. So I proceeded by prioritizing the family's privacy when updating this tremendous support network. Now, with the family's permission, I would like to give a larger update on Norah's journey over the last three weeks.

As I have shared before, Norah's medical team has been top notch. Their quick and thorough work has certainly saved Norah from even further organ damage or loss. However, the original infection caused significant damage to Norah's legs and, on March 27th, her doctors were forced to amputated her left leg at the knee to give the rest of her body the best possible chance of survival. The next couple weeks were a slow crawl as Norah stabilized and we waited.

Then last Wednesday, we started to lose traction. While we had been seeing incremental improvement with her organs, Norah started getting a little sicker each day. The medical team, which had been tracking the damage in her legs, determined Saturday that the damaged tissue in her lower right leg was no longer viable and was in fact contributing to her declining health. Sunday morning, Norah went back into surgery where her right leg was amputated just below the knee.

While we mourn this additional physical loss, we look for the healing that may bring Norah back to us. So far, she has responded well to the surgery and we are already seeing improved bloodflow to her extremities. We are once again seeing the strength within Norah. She'll need all that strength for the long road ahead.

- Uncle Daryl
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Today I spent the day in UVA with Eric, Peggy, and Norah. It continues to be difficult to wait. But as tough as it is to see my niece in this condition, I am grateful for the time I can spend with her.

The medical team is working on two general fronts: vital organs and vascular. Organs seem to be stable if not improving ever so slightly, but the aftermath of the infection is still impacting both legs. Doctors don't believe there is an additional infection but that this is still the result of the damage from the initial infection. They are doing everything they can to keep Norah comfortable and treat the wounds while we continue to wait.

- Daryl Brubaker
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Raised by 947 people in 26 days
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