Help Baby Alexander

My name is Rhonda Cwik Nikitscher, and I am the proud aunt to sweet baby Alexander Starykowicz who is 1 month old. My sister, brother-in-law (Jill and Andrew)  and Alex have had an extremely difficult time during his first month of life.  Following a healthy pregnany and birth, the night that he was born he started having apneic episodes (where he would turn blue and stop breathing) and seizures. Alex has been intebated, sedated, had spinal taps, MRIs, CTs, X-rays, EEGs, EGDs, bronchoscopies and countless other tests and labs. He has had IVs and PICC lines placed ( on two occasions) and is now awaiting results from numerous genetic tests. For the brief time  (2 days) he was extubated and discharged home with home monitoring, he had one of these episodes that resulted in his own dad, Andrew, performing CPR on him before being rushed back to the hospital. Alex is currently back in the PICU intebated and we are still waiting for answers to why these epidsodes continue to happen. Meanwhile he is still having seizures while intebated but at least  the intebation kicks in and breaths for him during them.

I wanted to start this page hoping to raise some money to help my sister and brother-in-law out with some of the medical costs that they are faced with during this difficult time. So far the medical charges are close to  1 million dollars(due to the MICU and PICU costs and all the tests/medications etc), one of the genetic tests alone is $10,000, and it is not being covered by insurance.

I think they have more than enough to deal with between t heir 19 month old daughter, Cassie and taking care of Alex.  Any financial assistance would be greatly appreciated. This would help take some of the worry and stress away so they can focus on getting Alex the proper care and medical needs necessary to

bring him home. We are grateful for any donations and if you are not able to donate please continue to pray for them all.


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Organizer and beneficiary

Rhonda Cwik Nikitscher 
New Lenox, IL
Jill Starykowicz 
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