Jalena Gunther is an amazing mother to two children with Down syndrome. She is no stranger to medical needs as her son, Malachi, came to her last summer with a long list of complicated diagnosises in addition to Down syndrome. He has been in and out of the PICU all fall and winter and will need more surgeries in the coming months. He is currently in the PICU.
On Jan 16th her daughter Emmy had open heart surgery to repair a defect in her heart that she was born with. She was due to be discharged the next week. Sadly, she remains in the hospital due to the negligent actions of a nurse who didn't check Emmy's IV site despite the fact that Emmy had been fussing and crying for hours. All through the night fluid was pumping directly into Emmy's tissue instead of her vein. This has caused catastrophic damage to her hand. She's had two surgeries so far to remove dead tissue and will need more surgeries, including a skin graft, in the coming weeks. Doctors are uncertain at this point whether Emmy's hand function will return to normal or not. The hospital is currently doing a full investigation into what happened.
As a single mom, Jalena will need support from her community to cover extra expenses like food and gas. Taking the financial pressure off will help her focus on her kids as they both continue to receive care in the hospital. Thank you!