Victory for Victoria

Hello there, my name is Laura and I'm Victoria's mommy.  This is Victoria <3

I never wanted to start a Go Fund Me, but Victoria's journey has left us pretty far in debt. 

I'll try to make a very long story short. While pregnant with baby V, my water broke very early at 17 weeks. Though we thought we were going to lose her, she has been a fighter since the beginning. The statistics were against her, but she beat them all. I was in the hospital with her for the last six weeks, so the medical team could monitor and intervene immediately if needed. We lasted until 29 weeks, which happened to be Christmas Day 2017. If it weren't for the NICU team not being ready,  she would have been a true Christmas baby. Instead she came 7 minutes after midnight on the 26th, but we still consider her to be a miracle. 


This was only the beginning of her fight.  Because of the low fluid, her lungs were underdeveloped and she was on oxygen for over 3 months. She had some other issues including a hole in her heart, hernias, concerns with head shape, and GI problems. Some more issues developed just from being in the hospital for so long, like tightness in her neck and hip dysplasia. This is all very general because believe me, the issues are all super complex! Being on oxygen for the length she was led to some oral aversion, and after a month and a half of trying to feed her, we had to concede and get her a G-tube. That has come with it's own set of challenges, the extent of which I could have never imagined.

It took almost 5 months to get her home, and another journey began. She has had two more surgeries, along with a slew of doctor and specialist appointments, and therapies.

As you can imagine, her medical bills are through the roof. But we have also suffered financially in other ways. I was in the hospital for six weeks and only getting short term disability pay. We have had a lot of "small" expenses here and there coupled with her insurance premiums and copays. My husband has now been out of work for three months, and we have to sell our house before we lose it. 

If you have read this far, I appreciate you. I do not expect to raise the amount listed on the campaign. I just had to pick a number and that is her copay from JUST the hospital bill, not even for any of the individual doctors or any appointments since discharge in May. But anything you can find in your hearts to give will help this little girl and her family. She is doing much better now but still has a long way to go, and I can promise to update you every step of the way!

Thank you so much, 

Laura Schultz
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Laura Schultz 
Largo, FL
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