Baby Gideon Rood

This is Gideon Rood.  He was born with his esophagus unattached to his stomach.  He has lived the first two and a half months of his life in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.  Gideon's Momma, my oldest daughter (Cara) has had to travel back and forth over an hour each way to be with him and to provide milk, which gets pumped into his stomach by a feeding tube.  Cara and her husband, Justin, also have 2 other boys, Genesis (5) and Gabriel (1.5).   

Last week, Gideon had a surgery to have his esophagus attached to his stomach.  The surgery seemed to go well.  A couple days later, he started deteriorating.  His oxygen levels started going down and he became critical.  They took him into emergency surgery only to discover that all of the probing and checking on his esophagus caused a tear in his trachea.  Uncomfortable with attempting to repair the trachea at Tampa General, doctors at TGH had him flown to All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.

On the morning of Sunday, January 28th, Gideon went into surgery to have his trachea repaired.  He had to be put on a bypass machine that takes blood from an artery, processes it with oxygen and then puts it back into the patient so they don't have to breathe.  This was a very risky and dangerous procedure, but necessary to allow the doctors to make the repair.  He was in surgery for more than ten hours. 

The doctors have told my daughter and her husband that he is probably the sickest patient at All Children's Hospital.  As you can imagine, the out-of-pocket costs are going to be exorbitant.  The expenses that will be incurred over the next several months and even years are unpredictable.  This is a very sick baby boy requiring high levels of care in hopes of helping his little body heal and getting him on track to meet developmental goals.  

My initial goal is to raise a minimum of $50,000 to help them cover medical expenses as well as other expenses they have incurred and will incur in moving forward.  Would you prayerfully consider helping this young family by generously giving and then passing this along to your family and friends?  

The need is great and a dire one.  I truly hope to blow away this goal for them!  This sweet baby boy is so precious.  He needs your prayers, but his family needs your support!  Please consider giving today.  Thank you in advance!
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Organizer and beneficiary

Rick Schell 
Land O' Lakes, FL
Cara Rood 
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