Expenses for hospital and car

On April 1st 2021, our lives changed forever. Sophia Ava was born at 2:30am, a month and a half premature, on the side of the road.

I went into labor around 2am with what I thought were Braxton Hicks, I soon realized I was in full labor. Kaleb and I rushed around trying to get what we needed as fast as we could. We got into our car, drove a few miles, got in the highway heading to the hospital, and not even two minutes later my water broke. I instantly felt Sophia dropping. I cried for Kaleb to pull the car over because she was coming. Kaleb stops on the side of the road, he rushed out to my side of the car, opens the door, it was cold outside, dark and no one around to help. As soon as he gets my shorts off of me, and I looked down and saw feet and legs. My heart sank! I knew the dangers of delivering a breech baby. And we had no one around if anything went wrong! Kaleb held her legs and feet guiding her out. She got stuck chest and head up. He gave a gentle twist and tug, and she slid out. He quickly put her grey, cold body on my chest. We both knew something was wrong because she wasn’t moving, breathing or crying.

All I could think of was flash backs of my pregnancy three years prior. Three years ago I gave birth to an angel, Charlotte Ava. She was stillborn at almost 40 weeks.

Looking at Sophia’s cold body, I cried in fear that I had lost another baby girl. My heart broke. It was this dark cloud over both of us. I just kept rubbing her back trying to get her to breath.

While I was working on Sophia, we called 911. Dispatch gave us directions to the nearest hospital while talking us through getting Sophia to breath. It was truly the most scared we have ever been. Young parents who have just gone through a traumatic delivery alone, I’m the dark and cold, and their baby not breathing.

All of this happened so quickly. Thank you Jesus we were only a few minutes from St Mary’s Mercy Health hospital, where when we got to the trauma center, there were already staff and drs outside waiting for our arrival. They quickly got Sophia and I out of the car, into the trauma room. Took Sophia from us and started working on her.

The drs were asking me so many questions, I couldn’t comprehend anything and honestly I don’t remember what was even being said. I looked back at Kaleb, he was hunched over the counter with nurses around him. Everyone was rushing around the room. It felt so chaotic. All I wanted was to hear my baby cry! And finally after what felt like hours, Kaleb and I heard Sophia cry for the first time! I felt they wave of relief! My body relaxed. Kaleb rushed over to my side. Both of us crying.

They rushed her upstairs. And took me to a delivery room because I hadn’t passed my placenta yet.

Finally after i was taken care of, they brought me to a recovery room. Soon after, we were able to go see Sophia in the NICU. When we got to the NICU, Sophia has tunes and wires hooked all over her. We had to put our hands through the windows to touch her. Sophia was in rough shape, but they assured us that she would quickly recover. And it would just take time for her to eventually come home.

For two days kaleb and I didn’t sleep at all. We spent half the time in the NICU with Sophia, and the other half Kaleb and I talking and crying through everything that had happened.

One of the days while we were in the hospital, Kaleb had to run home to get us new clothes. When he got into car, he felt a rush of instant anxiety go over his body. Then he looked over at my side of the seat and saw the effects of delivering a baby in the car. Something we hadn’t yet thought about. Needless to say, our car is not fixable without spending a few thousand dollars to have it cleaned by a biohazard team. Because of the blood, amniotic fluid, and other ‘stuff’, the car needs a hazmat cleaning. And my car has so many issues anyway, it’s not worth spending $4,000 to have it cleaned. We are down a whole seat. And with an infant, two kids, and Kaleb and I... we can’t all fit in the car now. Not to mention our car is not safe to drive. So we are asking for support to buy a ‘new to us’ car. Something that will fit all of us.
we are so grateful for everyone’s love, prayers and support. With all the expenses that come with going back and forth to the hospital 6 times a day, it gets expensive. And all the other expenses that come in between. Please consider donating to our fundraiser. We cannot bring Sophia home in our car. We desperately need a new vehicle!
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 14 mos
  • Jennifer Potter 
    • $60 
    • 16 mos
  • Colleen McCarthy 
    • $25 
    • 16 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $20 
    • 16 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $15 
    • 17 mos
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Hannah Pluchinsky 
Organizer
Grand Rapids, MI