Dominic's Path Home

Meet Dominic Orlando Gilarno, Born June 5, 2017
This wonderful little boy was born to Corey and Stephanie Gilarno exactly two weeks ago. As can be seen from the pictures, he is already quite the handsome man and is gathering his strength to explore and take on the wonderful world around him. 

Full-Term, but Challenges to Start
When Dominic was born on June 5th, he went through all the normal procedings that babies and families so commonly do: family pictures, stealing hearts, and health checks. Dominic's older sister, Kira, was immediate smitten.

Despite awesome pictures and melting hearts without trouble, Dominic wasn't able to tick the last box completely. Dominic was born with an imperferated anus. An imperferated anus occurs in approximately 1 in 5000 babies in the United States. While the issue is extremely serious, it is readily correctible... with surgery. So with less than 24 hours in this world, Dominic was taken to Children's Hospital for surgery. The procedure went well for Dominic and the little bundle of joy began his recovery process.

Things Get Scary
During his recovery, on Wednesday, June 14 at 6:30pm, Dominic suddenly went into cardiac arrest. Due to the fact that he was still recoverying from surgery and being monitored by doctors and nurses, the was immediately caught and he was stabilized.

This began the longest and most agonizing set of days for Corey and Stephanie. Dominic was quickly put onto a heart bypass to support his life. Doctors recommended that they keep Dominic on a heart bypass to give his heart time to grow and gain strength. During this time Corey and Stephenie stayed at the hospital loving and being with their baby boy. During this period of time Dominic's little body suffered from multiple seizures as his brain tried to fix and correct imbalances in his system.

Things Begin to Look Up
As of today, June 19th, Dominic was taken off of the heart bypass and his little heart is now beating all on its own. Dominic has a long road to recovery ahead of him, but with the help of God, his family, and the friends he is bound to meet and make, Dominic should recover.

Helping the Gilarnos
During his first two weeks of life, Dominic has not been to his home yet. He, and his family, still have challenges ahead of them, and we started this gofundme compaign to assist them in one of those challenges. During this time Dominic has had many proceedures and a two week hospital stay. Stephanie is recoverying from her C Section birth and Corey has been working and taking care of Kira. We are looking to help support them through this period and assist with medical bills, missed work while dealing with these medical complications, and any future needs that may arise.
  • Joyce Bonzo 
    • $100 
    • 60 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $200 
    • 60 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 60 mos
  • Kirby Elliott 
    • $25 
    • 61 mos
  • Rachel Nixon 
    • $15 
    • 61 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Eric Vukich 
Zelienople, PA
Corey Gilarno