Theresa and Tina here the soon to be Grandmothers. We have both had so many people asking how they can support Ben and Kay. We wanted to provide an update on their story here and also provide an avenue for people to help pour into them if that is on your heart to do so.
Ben and Kay were married this summer, both of them have big families and large loving communities around them so their vision was of course to celebrate big with the collective gathering of each side. Covid did not allow for this so they did a very small 2020 wedding in the back yard. Seeing these two delight in each other and stay so positive even when things were not going as they had dreamed about was a gift to a mother's heart. They also announced this year that they are expecting a baby and as you can imagine that is a blessing that we are completely overjoyed with.
During a prenatal screening they were made aware that they needed to do some additional screening and over the course of the next month they would come to find out that Baby Benjamin has a hole between his ventricles and he has a rare heart condition (transposition of the great vessels) that will require heart surgery with in a week of his birth. This news now requires that they continue their pre natal care at OHSU in Portland, that they induce and deliver at OHSU and that Baby will be in the hospital for an estimate of 5 weeks post delivery in Portland.
Again the positivity and resilience these two have demonstrated in the midst of such hard news and such an emotional time has been amazing to see. We believe that Baby Benjamin will have a successful surgery and that he will live a long, happy and healthy life. We also know that the 5 plus weeks living up in Portland to be close to their new baby will not be easy. Our hope and prayer is that we can provide a platform here that will help alleviate some of the financial burden that they will be facing as the emotional burden will already be so very high.
Our ask is that you lift them in prayers, that you keep them in your thoughts and if you are wanting to contribute to them that you do so here and perhaps provide a note of encouragement to them when you do. We would love to be able to provide them a fund that would cover their bills during that month or two post partum and also for them to see how much their village is rallying around them. Any extra funds would be theirs to use toward medical bills, cost of staying away from home and quite simple the costs of starting a new life together and bringing home a precious new born who will need significant care.
Thank you in advance for your love and support.
- Serena McKinsey
- Melissa Berendson
- Jennifer Galanti
- Elaina Beresford
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