The exciting news came in January 2017 that they would be expecting their first child on September 26th!
Rae had been doing pretty well up until the week of June 10th. She began having trouble with lower back pain and severe cramping. They had gone in to see the doctors several times but we're sent home with antibiotics for a bladder infection and some laxatives. On June 14th,she was having such terrible cramping and back pain they went to the hospital again, not prepared for what they were about to hear next.
Rae was in active labour at only 25 weeks into her pregnancy. The doctors wanted to fly her into Edmonton to a hospital that would be prepared for such emergencies. Unfortunately, she was already too far along in her labour to be moved. The doctors have no choice but to everything they could to help her and the baby that was on the way.
Baby Bella Pope was born weighing only 1.5lbs and she wasn't breathing. The doctors and nurses in Fairview worked relentlessly until they finally helped her breathe!
The Edmonton NICU flight crew came and flew her out to the Royal Alex in Edmonton where baby Bella continues to fight. She is expected to be in the hospital at least until she reaches her original due date of September 26.
Rae was discharged from Fairview hospital this morning, June 15 and travels with Will to be with Bella at the hospital.
These next coming days/months will be difficult and emotionally trying. The financial burden that comes with this is heavy. They will need a place to stay in Edmonton as they are on the waiting list for Ronald McDonald house as well as continuing to pay rent at their home in Fairview. They need to be able to stay close with their precious little fighter as she'llbe in hospital for several months. This gofundme page Has been started because so many people are wanting to help them with the cost of travel, food, accommodations and any other medical expenses that they might face Over these next months.
A lot of people are praying for their family and I ask you to do so as well!
Everything helps no matter how much. If you cannot help them financially, please share this page and send prayers/positive healing vibes their way!
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts ♥️
Keep fighting little Bella ! You show em' what you're made of !!
- Amber Wild
- Jackilyne Wieben
- Denise Rasmussen
- Vanessa Calderwood
- Kelly Penner
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