Matt and Melissa (Newman) Ellington, along with Zane, her two year old brother, were anxiously awaiting this new edition to their little family. Melissa was due on January 17th, but wasn't overly surprised when she went into labor that Friday morning. Rayne came quickly, and it was a blessing in disguise.
Rayne Anne Ellington was born around 11:43 am, weighing 7 lbs 6 oz and 19 inches long. These are pretty healthy stats for a newborn, but Rayne was already fighting for her life. She was born with bacteroids (an infection in the placenta) and Meconium during birth (she inhaled feces). She had weak lungs due to borderline diabetes during pregnancy and her kidneys are weak because of lack of oxygen at birth. She also has a hole in her heart.
Shortly after birth, the doctors decided to lifeflight her from Timpanogos Hospital in Orem, Utah to Primary Children’s hospital in Salt Lake City. The doctors felt it would be the best place for her in case she took a turn for the worse. Because Melissa couldn't take the trip with her little girl, Matt was able to take the journey with her. Neither parent was able to hold her in their arms. Read more at: http://chance4rayne.blogspot.com
We are raising funds to help Rayne's family with the high medical costs associated with a long term NICU stay & ECMO treatment.
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