My name is Elizabeth and I am fundraising for my brother and his new family. On Dec 8th they were in an unfortunate car accident, while visiting family back home in Tennessee from their home in Vermont. My brother Stephen and his wife Sarah, who was 7 months pregnant with their first child, were in the back seat of a truck that my father was driving, when another driver came into their lane and hit them head on. Everyone in the car only had minor injuries, other than Sarah who was rushed by ambulance to the nearby hospital in Clarksville, TN, where she underwent a emergency C-section due to a tear in her placenta as a result of the accident.
I am more than happy to report that Baby Adrian and mom are doing well! Adrian joined us as a tiny 3lb 6oz little boy on Dec 8th. Adrian who was 29 weeks gestation at the time of his birth, is a strong little boy who daily is getting great reports, which we could not be more grateful for. However, due to his young age he will still need a lot of medical intervention for the next couple of months. He still is not able to eat on his own and requires some help with his breathing. Adrian will be in the NICU at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville, TN for at least 2 months while he is still developing and preparing to face this big world.
Even though we are well aware that this accident could have turned out much differently, there are other real concerns such as medical bills and lost wages during this unfortunate time.
Stephen and Sarah own a small farm in Vermont, which was their dream for so long. They had found a window of time in their off season at the farm, to come home for a quick visit before the holidays and the birth of the new baby. Now that their little boy is in the hospital in TN they will be here until he is strong enough to leave the hospital.
Sarah was covered under the Vermont's health insurance during her pregnancy and now there are real concerns that the medical bills for Baby Adrian and Sarah will not be covered here in TN. Also, as small business owners of a farm, there will be difficulties to come as they are here caring for the baby and not able to be back in Vermont preparing for this upcoming season.
Let us all show some love and support to this new family during these exciting but unfortunate times by helping them try to stay afloat while they are here in TN taking care of their new little bundle!