Hello from Brittany, Ray, and Marlee.
Upon being overly ecstatic about the new addition to our little family we have hit some serious need for Marlee, as she is in the NICU at Shands hospital. On the day we found out she was going to be our precious little girl we also found out she had 5 different heart defects and a break in her esophagus tubes and intestines. The heart defects are going to take multiple surgeries to fix such as rerouting her blood flow to her lungs and adding a shunt between her aortic valve and pulmonary artery.Not only does she have multiple heart defects, just recently we also found out that she has a condition called " double bubble" which causes two bubbles in her stomach which need to be deflated and a blockage in her small intestines. This will be an additional surgery on top of her immediate heart surgeries.
Marlee is expected to be in the hospital for at least 3 months or longer depending on her development and stability. I am currently staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Gainesville Florida and need donations of $15 per night compared to the $95 per night it would normally cost to stay with the amenities offered. Being a young couple, just not quite on our feet yet, we were not prepared to face this financially or emotionally. We have trips back and forth to the hospital 4 to 5 hours away for Ray which kills our mileage, tires, and gas to get back and forth. We struggle to make it back and forth each time. Ray will have to commute back and forth, to and from work, just to be able to be there for his child. Bills do not stop unfortunately. We have such a strong prayer circle from family, friends, and even strangers. If all I can ask for Marlee is support for her parents to be able to bring her safely into this world without having to be life-flighted to Gainesville and strapped financially, then she is worth it. Every donation is very much appreciated and will be updated through facebook as her situation changes everyday. Please Lord let her make it through this safely.
Thank you for any love and support.
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