Dominic's Delivery

As many of you know, we are expecting a baby boy in the beginning of August! In April we found out that he has some serious heart problems. Our doctor's sent us the the Children's Hospital in Philadelphia (CHOP) to take a closer look. They found a tricuspid valve defect that's causing one of the chambers in his heart to fill and swell up, causing his heart to become enlarged. He also has a VSD (a hole in the wall between the bottom 2 chambers). These problems are bringing some stress to his heart, causing fluid to build up around it. We've had weekly ultrasounds for months and bi-weekly OB visits. Our visits to CHOP are now weekly and they've asked us to relocate. Our little guy is starting to struggle. We resisted relocating when they mentioned it to us last month because I was hoping to work up until a week before our scheduled delivery date. At my last visit to CHOP, they told me that Dominic will not survive a helicopter ride from our local hospital to CHOP should I go into labor early. Despite having good insurance, we've accumulated over $5000 in medical bills. The scary part for us financially is the relocation. This is causing Dante and I a great deal of stress. We applied to 2 Ronald McDonald houses close to CHOP as well as the Hosts for Hospitals programs but we've been warned that we are very far down on the waiting list for all 3. We need help. We will need to stay in Philadelphia from 7/24. Dominic will need heart surgery in the days following his birth so we will need to stay in Philadelphia for a while. We've been working around the clock trying to find a way to make this work on our own but this is bigger than us. It's too much and we're having a hard time. We need help with money for the relocation and hospital bills ASAP. I don't know how I will be able to thank anyone but we will certainly think of something. We have so much to worry about and we have been praying tirelessly for our little boy but we find our thoughts are being overtaken by our financial problems. At one point, we were well prepared to bring him into the world but his issues have thrown us for a loop. 
We are so grateful for the love and support that we have been receiving from our friends and families and we hate that we need to ask for more. We will be eternally grateful for anything that anyone is able to contribute. 
Thank you in advance from all of us,
Sarah, Dante, Carly, and Baby Dominic
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    • 60 mos
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    • $50 
    • 60 mos
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    • $500 
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Sarah Long 
Reading, PA
Dante Natale 

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