Tiny fighting girl NICU

On July 21, 2020 Josh and Diana welcomed their sweet girl Jade Ranae into the world at 32 weeks gestation. A few weeks earlier Diana went to the hospital and was monitored for spotting. Then on July 20th she had a lot of clotting and went back to ER only to find out she had a 40% placenta abruption. The doctors then determined that delivering her early was the best way to keep both mom and baby safe and transferred them to Vanderbilt for an emergency c-section. At 33 weeks (~7 weeks early) little Jade made her preemie debut weighing in at 3 lbs 3 oz and 14” long. 

Jade will be staying in the Vanderbilt Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) until she can feed by mouth, maintain her body temperature and gain weight. These are milestones that mom and dad are very excited to watch her reach! She is anticipated to need four weeks in the NICU before mom and dad will be allowed to take her home- and they can’t wait! :) 

My goal for this fund is simply to alleviate some of the financial burden that comes with a premature birth and unexpected hospitalization. The money raised will be used for lost wages from both Josh and Diana, and those little things that add up- transportation costs and hospital parking, food costs etc. This is not only an emotionally taxing time for the family but unfortunately a very costly one as well.

Let’s show them some love and support in return! There is no gift too small and I appreciate you taking the time to visit here. 

I’ll continue updating this page with Jades progress so we can all enjoy seeing her achieve these special milestones over the coming weeks!


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Organizer and beneficiary

Terri Shepherd 
Clarksville, TN
Diana Nacole Akin 
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