William Dunbar V - Medical Fund

On Friday June 23rd Will and Monika Dunbar welcomed William Leonard Dunbar V into the world via emergency c-section. Early that morning Monika noticed the baby had stopped moving and wasn't reacting to any of the normal stimuli. Upon calling the doctor both parents rushed to the birthing center. Here the baby had a strong heart beat but still was not moving. Further heart rate monitoring showed the heart beat was dropping during small contractions.

This is when Monika was sent to Presbyterian Hospital. On her arrival tests showed the baby and placenta had low levels of oxygen. She was immediately rushed to have emergency c-section. Less than a hour later little Willy was born unable to breathe and unresponsive. The wonderful team at Presbyterian reacted quickly to stabilize him and placed him on a breathing machine. He was quickly diagnosed with a condition called fetal acidosis.

(Fetal Acidosis is a medical term referring to the high acidity of an unborn baby's blood. It typically occurs when a fetus is deprived of oxygen for a period of time during or after baby delivery. Fetal Acidosis can lead to complications, such as brain damage, or even infant death.)

The medical team determined that Willy needed to be transported to the Levine Children's Hospital in order to receive the treatments he needed. During his first 24-hours Willy received multiple blood transfusions and was treated for seizures. After the initial treatments and a strong fight he was able to breathe on his own and showed normal levels of oxygen and hemoglobin's.

At this time Willy is undergoing the next step in his treatment. This is a three day hibernation where his body is kept at a temperature of 95 degrees. The process will slow down and hopefully assist in healing any damage to his organs/neurological pathways.

On Tuesday June 27th he will be slowly brought back to normal temperature. This will enable the neurologist to properly read the EEG and MRI to determine the next steps.

At the moment it is a day by day process. We will be keeping the gofundme page updated with his status as much as possible. Currently he is expected to be in the infant intensive care unit at Levine Childrens Hospital for 3-4 weeks.

Due to the unfortunate circumstances we have started this donation to help assist in medical bills and any rehabilitation Willy may need in the future.

More importantly we would appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.


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Organizer and beneficiary

Patrick Johnson 
Fort Mill, SC
William Dunbar, IV