Help baby Jiovanni in his NICU Fight

On November 22, 2020 one of my best friends, Ruth Shapiro delivered her baby boy, Jiovanni Jason via emergency c-section. Because he was born at only 27 weeks gestation, Jiovanni will be in the NICU at least until his mid-February due date. Since then, Ruth and David (Jio's dad) have been through a roller coaster of highs and extremes lows--poor Jio has dealt with an incalculable number of pokes and prods, tubes, ventilators, blood and platelet transfusions, a stent, a picc line, and so much more. As of today, January 4, Tucson Medical Center has exhausted their care options and is transferring baby Jio to Phoenix Children's Hospital. 

Jiovanni has many needs at the moment, but the primary concern is the severe bleeding on both sides of his brain. Phoenix Children's Hospital is better equipped to deal with the severity of the bleeding and hopefully he can make good progress there and go home in a couple months. We already know he is a fighter!

Here is where baby Jiovanni needs your help. Both of his parents live in Tucson and they need help to pay for their stay in Phoenix. Ruth has basically lived in the NICU since Jio was born. She is with him for every diaper change, feeding, procedure, and especially kangaroo care time so that they can have precious skin-to-skin contact. The only time she has been apart from him is to spend time with her beloved daughter, Amaya, who also has important needs as she is autistic and misses her momma immensely!

The thought of being separated from Jiovanni for days at a time while Ruth commutes to and from Phoenix is too much for her to bear. Skin-to-skin is one of Jio's most important treatments in his fight to live. 

I have known Ruth for almost thirty years. Trust me when I say she is one of the most genuine, selfless, and loving people you will ever meet. Please help to take away this one worry so she can focus on being there for her children. All funds raised will support housing costs for their Phoenix lodging, meals, and gas since David will still need to commute for work. Anything extra will go towards NICU expenses--that's a whole other issue, and probably a future gofundme.

ANY amount truly helps! Thank you so much!



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  • Tami Scott 
    • $50 
    • 3 d
  • Lynn Davis 
    • $50 
    • 3 d
  • Kimberly Wirasinha 
    • $40 
    • 3 d
  • Anonymous 
    • $50 
    • 5 d
  • Cheryl Charles 
    • $50 
    • 5 d
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Organizer and beneficiary

Olivia Miller 
Tucson, AZ
Ruth Shapiro 
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