Donations for Baby Riley's Funeral

On August 22nd, 2013, after putting our 18 month old identical twins Sean and Riley down for their first nap, we heard a noise from their room 5 minutes after we had put them down. Their father, Jesse, immediately got up and was first to open their bedroom door and discovered their dresser had fallen. He called for me to come help with the dresser.

When I entered the room, I saw that Sean was playing with a broken light bulb from the lamp but we didn't see Riley in his crib. Panic set in as we lifted the dresser, only to discover with our absolute horror that Riley was halfway in a drawer and was not responsive.
His father, an Army veteran trained with life saving skills, gently lifted him out and onto his back and began performing CPR. I ran for the phone and dialed 911 immediately and got the ambulance there as fast as we could. While waiting for the ambulance, I picked up Sean and made sure he didn't have any injuries and put him in his crib while his father worked on trying to revive his twin.
Riley was without oxygen for anywhere from 1-5 minutes before my husband began performing CPR, and without oxygen a further 35-40 minutes before paramedics were able to get a heartbeat.
The first day in the hospital he was relatively stable, but after speaking with an EEG tech who specializes in brain activity, we were devastated to hear that our little Riley, once so active and funny and so smart - had no brain activity left.
We clung to faith and with the support of family and friends we prayed for a miracle, but little Riley's body was just too traumatized to pull through.
On August 24th, 2013, Riley's oxygen levels dropped dangerously low, and he was letting us know it was going to be his time to go to heaven soon. The doctors placed him in my arms and I talked to him for about 5 minutes before one of the doctors let me know that he had passed away in my arms.
We are planning a memorial service for our Riley, and unfortunately we do not have the means to provide this for him ourselves. We are asking anyone who has the means to do so to please donate towards the funeral expenses.
His father Jesse, 6-year old sister Lea, twin brother Sean, and his mother, Jackie, are very grateful for the support and prayers from you all.
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    • $50 
    • 94 mos
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    • $50 
    • 94 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $500 
    • 94 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 94 mos
  • Deborah R Porter 
    • $50 
    • 94 mos
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Organizer

Jackie O'Donnell 
Organizer
Tucson, AZ
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