My employee Kourtney Sanchez is facing health and financial challenges with medical expenses for her recently born daughter Evelynn Leigh Sanchez. When Kourtney was pregnant, she was told that her baby had only one artery in her umbilical cord, and that she was not growing at a normal rate. Her doctor decided to take the baby early in an effort to prevent serious complications. Evelyn was born via C-section at 37 weeks, weighing just 4 lbs. and 13 oz. It was soon discovered that she has a chromosome disorder, which has since created numerous medical issues.
She was in neonatal ICU for 3 weeks after birth and has had many hospital stays since she was born in December 2017. She has had to undergo multiple MRI’s, CT scans, blood draws, and spinal taps. Currently, Evelynn is malnourished, and is unable to coo, cry, or crawl. She cannot eat enough on her own so she has a G-tube to feed her, but her body weight is well below average for a child her age. In addition to her slow development and inability to eat and hold food, she has been diagnosed with congenital heart disease, which may require surgery in the future.
She has seen almost every pediatric specialty and continues to go through these health problems with no end in sight. She had to have an opening to her urinary bladder through her skin to allow urine to pass since she was having trouble voiding which was causing backup into her kidneys. She has congenital retrognathism (recessed jaw), which is causing sleep apnea, also being addressed.
Along with all of this, Kourtney and her husband have two other young children that they are raising along with working full time to try and cover medical expenses. Kourtney is an extremely compassionate, caring soul and the burden that she is under is tremendous, yet she is strong and an excellent advocate for her baby girl. I felt helpless watching her go through all the stress of finding out that her baby had significant medical challenges and, once she was born, stressing about the mounting hospital and medical bills. So I decided to make this appeal to try and help her.