I am Destinee's Aunt Sarah and Great Aunt to Jr. and Baby Evelyn. I wanted to start this go fund me for Destinee and Joe who have been basically living in the hospital with Evelyn since she was born 7 weeks prematurely on December 12, 2018. She has been a little fighter since she made her appearance in this world! She spent 5 weeks in the hospital to gain weight and grow stronger. Destinee and Joe were finally able to bring her home and spent about 3 weeks with their newborn before she showed signs of being sick. They immediately took her to Fairview where she was admitted on 2/2 then transferred to the PICU at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus on Sunday 2/4. The past week has been a roller coaster and the ride is no where near over. Evelyn was diagnosed with RSV. She had to be intubated because she could no longer breathe on her own without struggling and straining her tiny little body. She also had to have a feeding tube put in for obvious reasons with a central line for all of her fluids and medication to be administered. As if that was not enough it was discovered the next day Evelyn had a small brain bleed. She has been being monitored and has had 3 seizures since the sensors have been in place. After a couple days more tests and cultures came back that she did test positive for the flu. She also has had both lungs partially collapse due to the mucus and fluid you or I would be able to sneeze or cough out. Evelyn is still fighting for her life, but the prognosis is good.
When I spoke to the nurse the other day she said Evelyn could be in there for a month depending on how she heals. I know most of us could not be off of work for a week let alone a month and still be able to meet our financial duties. Destinee and Joe have been with Evelyn every step of the way and it is time for us to be there for them. It sucks in times like these we have to think about the medical bills, but they are mounting for this young couple. They have not even received the bill for her hospital stay when she was born. They are at risk of falling behind on everything. Rent, utilities, insurance. Also, the daily price of living in a hospital. Parking alone downtown is $10/day not to mention the gas back and forth so they can see JR. Eating take out for every meal. They are really struggling, but would not ask for help. That's why I am making this fundraising campaign for them. Let's be there for them and pick them up when they are down and going through the worst experience any parent could ever dream of.