One month old survives heart surgery :)

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My name is Heather Reynolds, and I am the mother of two precious boys that I would do anything for. This is my one month old son, Jeremiah Steele, that was born on April 14, 2014, with Tetralogy of Fallot. He had his first heart surgery on May 13, 2014. They were only able to put in a shunt, which is like putting a bandaid on the bigger problem. This will give us more time for him to grow and too be strong enough to handle a surgery that is designed to fix the four problems that Tetralogy of Fallot causes. Right now we are still looking at least one more open heart surgery before he turns one. It has been a struggle with finances since he was born because this is nothing we knew nothing about during my whole pregnancy, we were told he was going to be a healthy baby. It has been very expensive with traveling, hotels, basic needs and bills that have become past due. We have had  no option but to put everything on hold until Jeremiah is well enough and is strong enough to leave the hospital. We have another child who is two and half that we have had to spend a lot of time away from which is making things harder emotionally for our family because prior than this the longest my oldest had been away from us was three days. Prior to Jeremiah's birth I was a waitress at Sonys BBQ working for tips because hourly pay for a waitress is $2.13 an hour. So I basically worked and got paid based on my kindness to my customers. I was able to provide for the only child that I had at the time with all his needs and some wants. Now I am unable to work due to the fact I have a newborn baby that was born with a congenital heart defect, and a two year old who needs me all day as well. Their father served four years in the military and was also a cop. After years in the military and working as a cop he had decided in July 2013 it was time to change his career after being called to a church disturbance, that led to a shooting. Within a couple of months he was managing a shoe store, and he was fired from the manager job because he left work when I went into labor, and he is currently still looking for a job. Due to everything that has happened with Jeremiah he has been by my side so has been unable to actively look for another job. This is hard to ask anyone for help but, God has been so faithful to us so far during this extremely hard time. A friend of mine suggested I get on here and tell our story and assured us that we would be astonished with the amount of support we would receive from friends and strangers. It is hard for me to be humble enough to reach out for help, but our family has never needed the help like we do now. I ask that before you donate anything you say a prayer, so you hear from God before making any donation. He has been our rock through this, and I ask that he is your guidance in donations, not just for our story.God Bless you all and Thank YOU for any help you give!

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Heather Sartain Reynolds 
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Magee, MS
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