Baby Indra was due on December 10th 2018, she was born breach and premature at 24 weeks and 2 days in Nelson, BC. To mother Nikkei Merrit and father David Greaves.
On August 22nd 2018,
“My water broke early, possibly due to an unidentified infection and I started labour on the August 22nd, I had her at 3:15 and they told me to expect she might not survive because they don’t usually like to deliver babies that young in Nelson but because of the smoke we couldn’t fly out. Once they realized she was stable they called the Vancouver Paediatrics transport team who flew to Cranbrook and came and got us . Then we had to ambulance back to Cranbrook to fly to Vancouver.”
August 31 st, 2018
“Indra has been stable , is eating through a tube and gaining weight. I was diagnosed with an infection and then when they did an ultrasound they found out I have a large inferior vena cava blood clot. That they think could be the source of the infection. Could be from this pregnancy could be from before . It’s very serious, my mother died 4 years ago from a massive heart attack and my father died from a stroke in March on my birthday so I am pretty terrified right now. I’m having multiple tests and being treated with antibiotics and blood thinners to try and get it under control. Could work or it might not. Not sure when I’ll be discharged but could be on blood thinners for a long time and am at risk of recurrent clots . “
As such Nikkei and baby Indra find themselves staying at the Ronald Macdonald house and respectively the Children’s NICU for an indeterminate amount of time.
Nikki’s partner Dave is home in Winlaw, BC, caring for their home, older children and dogs. He hopes to be able to visit Nikki and baby Indra as often as possible, but its going to be a financial challenge.
This is where you can help ease the financial burden this young family is facing. Winlaw is a 7 1/2 hour drive from Vancouver. As such there will be financial obstacles ahead for the family to manage. From loss wages, travel time, fuel, accommodations, childcare, pet boarding and likely many other unforeseen expenditures.
With your generositywe can help ensure that this amazing family is able to be together.
"Funds raised and not used for our family will be donated to the Kootenay Lake hospital whose amazing staff kept our daughter alive and stable long enough to be transferred to the Vancouver NICU against so many odds. Thank you, we're forever grateful. "
Huge heartfelt thank-you to everyone who has been sharing and donating!
Update: Sept 13th, Thank you to the Castlegar News for running our story, with updates.