Help for the Ratcliff Family

On Sunday February 18,  Gavin was rushed to the E.R . due to breathing difficulties. He was immediately admitted to the ICU upon staff observing  extreme dehydration and dangerously low oxygen levels.
His lungs weren't working properly, he was sedated, intubated and placed on a ventilator for life support. 

Through copious amounts of testing over many long days it was discovered he has a rare form of pneumonia called necrotic pneumonia. There's no clear cut treatment but Gavin is surrounded by an amazing team of medical staff around the clock. In addition he was diagnosed with a blood infection, streptoccoccus pneumonia, kidney failure, elevated liver enzymes and sepsis.

As of today Gavin is on the highest level of life support available anywhere in the county called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). Blood is taken from a vein in his neck and run through the EMCO machine providing him with much needed oxygen and vital gasses while also removing Co2. Then returned to his body. This allows the vent and oxygen setting to be significantly lowered and give his lungs a much needed rest so they can focus on letting the antibiotics heal him. He's on a 24/7 dialysis machine to do to work of his kidneys. He has a feeding tube for his nutritional needs. Although they've stopped his paralytic medications and are slowly weaning him off of his sedatives. He's yet to regain consciousness. 

Gavin is critically ill and we are praying for gods grace to aid in his recovery.

At this time, we are trying to raise funds for the Ratcliff family. Gavin is expected to be in the hospital for a minimum of 4-6 months while trying to fight for his life. The road to recovery afterwards is unknown. What we do know is that it will be a very long process. This leaves Gavin, Maggie and Jackson down to only one income, with an endless amount of bills to be paid. The money raised will go towards Gavin's medical bills, groceries, gas, daycare, mortgage and utility bills, etc... Anything that is needed for their family at this time.

If we can try an alleviate at least a little bit of the Ratcliff Family's worries of income at this time, it would be immensely appreciated. Even if it's only a $1 donation, that $1 makes a difference.

Thank you for your time.



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Alisa Smith 
Andover, MN
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