Eliana's Burial Expenses

Erica and Josh married on July 18, 2015, after being in a relationship for 11 years. For almost two years, they patiently waited for God to bless them with the greatest gift, a child. On May 25, 2017, their prayers were answered. Erica and Josh found out they were expecting a baby. On June 30, Erica and Josh received astounding news, they were having not one, but TWO identical babies! Erica and Josh experienced a rollercoaster of emotions. While they were ecstatic about learning they were having twins, they were also scared and nervous. In July, they shared the wonderful news with family and friends.

Erica’s pregnancy went smoothly. Before they knew it, Erica was 5 months into the pregnancy. On August 19, during their gender reveal party, Erica learned the two babies she felt move and grow in her womb were GIRLS. The soon-to-be parents were so happy. They named their unborn baby girls Eliana Jade (Baby A) and Juliana Rae (Baby B). Another month passed by. Erica and the twins were doing great, the doctor said. Baby shower planning was in full effect.

Then it happened. October 23rd, at 1 am, Erica felt cramping and decided to head to the hospital to have the girls checked out. Doctors monitored Eliana and Juliana’s heartbeats for hours. Around 7:30 am, Eliana’s heartbeat was irregular, and the doctors decided an emergency C-section was necessary. At 8:30 am, Juliana was born. Eliana, on the other hand, was a stillborn. Josh learned the tragic news first, while Erica was still sedated. Upon regaining consciousness, the first thing Erica asked was how their little girls were doing. That’s when she was told the devastating news. It all felt like a nightmare.

Eliana Jade weighed 2 lbs. 3 oz. Juliana Rae weighed 3 lbs. 2 oz. Juliana is a strong baby, who is fighting for her life in the hospital’s NICU. Erica and Josh are heartbroken. They are now faced with the harsh reality of arranging the burial of their beloved Eliana Jade and seeing their beloved tiny Juliana fight for her life. On behalf of Erica and Josh, we are raising funds to cover Eliana Jade’s burial costs as well as to help alleviate the financial burden they will be facing during the upcoming months. Both Erica and Josh will have reduced income while they continue to nurture and care for Juliana Rae, who will remain in the hospital for an unknown period of time. In this time of need, we strongly encourage you to help these loving and deserving parents reach their fundraising goal for the funeral services of one of their daughters and to help cover medical expenses of their other daughter. Any amount is greatly appreciated. We also strongly encourage you to keep Juliana Rae, Erica, and Josh in your prayers, so that Juliana is soon able to go home with her loving parents. Thank you for your time and generous donations.

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Erica Contreras 
Rowland Heights, CA
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