Tragically, less than 22 hours later, Sophia's lungs stopped working. She was immediately rushed into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the hospital and her body was cooled to minimize brain damage from swelling. The exact cause of this sudden turn in condition remains unknown. As family and friends rushed to the hospital in support, Sophia remained unresponsive in the NICU.
Over the next several days, family and friends surrounded Sophia and the NICU with prayer and worship, looking for any sign of physical response. On Friday, April 26th, the hospital staff took an initial EEG. No brain activity was recorded. At 7:00PM that evening, Sophia was slowly returned to regular body temperature in order to do an MRI. This warming procedure took several hours longer than expected, which was discovered to be due to a faulty temperature measurement device. On Saturday, the MRI was conducted, with the results withheld until late Sunday afternoon/evening. According to the MRI, Sophia had suffered significant brain damage and had no brain activity. A final EEG was scheduled for the next day in order to officially declare Sophia brain dead. She was kept on life support for the remainder of the next week. Finally, on Saturday, May 4th, the difficult decision was made to remove Sophia from life support.
All proceeds raised from this fundraiser go to help Ben and April Gemignani with the mounting NICU medical expenses and other costs associated with the proper care and final arrangements of Sophia.
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