It's been a life changing week to say the least. My wife called into the doctor on Thursday April 27th thinking she just couldn't shake a sinus infection. After a stay in the emergency room over night she was transferred immediately the next day to OSF in Peoria. What we thought was a sinus infection turned out to be an extreme case of preeclampsia. Two weeks earlier all of her levels were completely perfect - this happened out of nowhere and came in fast.
She became a permanent resident of OSF for what we thought could be the remainder of the pregnancy (August 4th due date). As I said before, this came fast and it hit her hard. This hit her so hard that she developed a life threatening illness called HELLP Syndrome. I will let you do your research (and I hope you do) but the only cure is delivery.
We delivered our beautiful baby girl Harper Elle Spalding on 5/4/17 at 7:37 a.m. - exactly 3 months early.
We are thrilled & our hearts are full of love - but there is the constant reminder that our daughter is in the hands of the NICU center at OSF for the next 3 months. This place couldn't provide more comfort and confidence.
Harper is doing extremely well for how early she was born - and though we expect many happy days - we fully expect days where our nerves are completely gone and we run out of tears.
Karigan Spalding, as expected - remains the strongest woman I have ever known. To say she was sick would be an understatement - and her ability to bounce back and be as well as she is right now is absolutely amazing.
We wanted to not only share our excitement with everyone but present a bit of awareness. Because just as our lives have changed as swiftly as they did - it can happen to anyone - and we can only pray for a positive outcome for everyone.
We have had close family, friends and co workers that have been aware of this since that Thursday in April - and from the bottom of our hearts - we cannot thank you enough for the love, support and constant blessings you have given us.
Hold everyone close to you as close as you can - and enjoy every minute of your life.
- Jason and Melinda (Chalfant) Daugherity
- Julie Davis
- Julie Carr-Martin
- Ann Undesser
- Susan Wernsman
Organizer and beneficiary
#1 fundraising platform
More people start fundraisers on GoFundMe than on any other platform. Learn more
In the rare case something isn’t right, we will work with you to determine if misuse occurred. Learn more
Expert advice, 24/7
Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more