We need your help in raising $10,000 to help cover some of Solomon and Ashley’s most immediate medical expenses and most pressing living expenses.
At Solomon’s 30 week growth scan Ashley and Eric, Solomon’s parents, were told that Solomon was measuring in the 4th percentile, which is extremely small. The biggest concerns that the doctors raised was that Solomon’s umbilical cord had what is called a marginal insertion. In cases like this there is a heightened chance of late term miscarriage.
In order to further understand what was happening with Solomon, Ashley was sent to see a team of specialists at Parker Hospital for another ultrasound, a fetal echo test and an MRI. The results of these tests confirmed that Solomon was considered an IUGR baby (Intrauterine Growth Restricted Baby). Due to his marginal cord insertion, Solomon had absent end diastolic flow in his fetal umbilical artery. Ashley would have to be admitted to a specialty unit at Children’s Hospital that day in order to be monitored regularly and in case an emergency delivery was needed.
In typical cases, the cord flow is always forward at a flow consistent with the beating of the child’s heart. In Solomon’s case, with absent end diastolic flow, the flow in his umbilical cord would both “zero out” meaning no flow and would also have reverse flow, which was the greatest concern. This was what lead to his underdevelopment and growth restriction. In worst case scenario’s this could lead to late term miscarriage.
Ashley was admitted to Children’s Hospital, where the baby’s heart rate would be monitored throughout the day and Ashley would also have ultrasounds every other
day to monitor cord flow, and Solomon’s growth. The hope was that with having Ashley on bed rest, as well as other treatment, they could get Ashley and Solomon to
at least the 34 week mark which would help see Solomon past the greatest risks for neurological developmental issues. Ashley was administered a series of steroids which were intended to help boost Solomon’s growth and the strength of his cord
flow. This lead to initial improvement, but would ultimately only help in getting Ashley and Solomon to the 32 week mark.
After being at Children’s Hospital for two weeks, at 32 weeks and 2 days into her pregnancy, Ashley’s ultrasound showed all reverse flow in Solomon’s umbilical cord. An emergency C-section would have to be administered immediately.
After his birth Solomon was immediately rushed to the NICU (neonatal intensive care unit). Solomon is still in the NICU and is receiving amazing care for an absolutely outstanding team of nurses.
Solomon was born 3lbs and 8oz, but will remain in the NICU until he is able to breath and eat on his own and is able to gain weight.
The funds being asked for are to help cover both some of Solomon and Ashley’s most immediate medical expenses as well as some of the most pressing living expenses.
In total Ashley was admitted to the hospital for just over
two weeks and Solomon is expected to remain in the hospital for a total of approximately two months. Besides the high costs of inpatient medical treatment,
the types of treatment they have received will be exorbitant. The deductible will be $8,000, plus there will be a 10% co-pay for the overall medical expenses and Ashley will have had to have been out of work for three months due to her stay at Children’s Hospital.
Please consider donating to help Ashley and Eric during this time when Ashley cannot work to cover astronomical hoslptal bills to help them "stay afloat."
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