Oakley Ryan Hendges entered this world prematurely at 36 weeks, due to his mother having unexpected kidney issues, requiring a surgical nephrostomy tube that left her with infections. He was immediately taken to the NICU for low blood sugars and respiratory distress. The NICU gave Oakley the chance to stay off oxygen and begin breathing better on his own, but after 10 hours he was placed on oxygen, and his condition continued to deteriorate until they placed him on a CPAP at 24 hours old. After running tests and doing an echocardiogram they determined that Oakley is suffering from a condition called PPHN (Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn) which causes low blood flow to his lungs.
His father lost his job while his mother was sick, then on the day that Oakley was scheduled to be induced their vehicle broke down, leaving them with no way to get to the NICU to see their son, unless borrowing a vehicle from a family member.
Right now the main focus is getting Oakley better, but the stresses of medical bills, car repair bills and gas to get to and from the hospital daily, and his parents also have other children to take care of and this is weighing hard. There is a saying that says "it takes a village" so lets try to support and help this family in their time of need. If you're unable to donate, please remember him in your prayers and give his campaign a share!
- Heather Mills
- Laura Waagosh
- Thomas Read
- Katie DeMars
- Jeff Morataya