Katie Mae Raymond (Mom) had to quit her job last week in order to take care of Nonah and of her family. She is an outstanding mother of three, a wonderful wife, and one of the sweetest and most caring people I've ever met. Zak Raymond (Dad) has been working 6 days a week and 10-11 hour days just to try to stay afloat. He has had to miss important appointments because of work. They need each other and they want to do this together. He is an amazing and loving father and has been Katie's rock through this very dark time in their lives.
This family is too humble and proud to ask for help but they are going through something unimaginable right now and they desperately need our help. Fiona does have health insurance through her father's workplace but the bills will still be piling up. In her short 8 months of life baby Fiona has already endured more than most people ever will. She has had:
-Countless doctors appointments
- 4 ER trips
- tried 5 different antibiotics
- 4 hospital stays
- Been sedated on 5 separate occasions
- 2 surgeries
- 3 MRI's
- 1 CT scan
- 1 PET scan
And this poor little girl's journey has just begun. They received a lot of information at her doctor's appointment yesterday. She has a few procedures on Friday to prepare for another resection surgery which is next week on Tuesday. She's having a port placed in her chest and a feeding tube placed in her stomach. She is going to have a chunk of her jaw removed to get better access to her brain stem, a piece of skull removed to be placed in her ear as they have to remove the bone in her ear for better access to the tumor and then a plate put in her skull, she may lose her eye as the tumor has now attached itself to the nerve behind her eye, and she is definitely going to lose her facial nerve. They want her to fully heal from surgery before starting chemo. During chemo she will have a port placed along with a feeding tube as the chemo will cause mouth and throat sores. They also found out that this chemo is essentially going to make her sterile. They can have her ovaries removed on Friday during her other procedures...for $1200 and then for an annual fee until she uses them. After or during chemo she will also need radiation.
It is going to be an extremely long and hard road for Nonah and her family but hopes are high and hearts are strong. No child should ever have to go through something this horrendous and no mother or father should have to watch their baby suffer. She is being treated at Lurie Children's Hospital Chicago which is more than a two-hour drive for them.
Please help make this unfathomable situation just a little bit easier on them. The proceeds will be spent on medical bills, traveling to and from the hospital, and living expenses. There will be updates on Nonah's status.
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