Miriam Grace and Lorelei Rush

$14,185 of $80k goal

Raised by 128 people in 24 months
NICARAGUA, CHRISTMAS DAY—Miriam Grace Rush was born severely premature at 29 weeks, weighing exactly 1,000 grams. We, her parents, Lorelei “Bing” de la Cruz-Rush from the Philippines and Paul Rush from Delaware, are Catholic lay missionaries. We are knocking on your generous hearts to help us raise funds to pay for our continuously escalating hospital bills.

Four days before she was born, I was confined in the hospital because my chronic high blood pressure reached 180/100. Two days later, I was discharged. Then on December 25, 2016, I was again rushed to the hospital because my blood pressure was an even more dangerously high 180/110. At this elevated blood pressure, the risk of the placenta abruptly separating from the uterus is very high. If that happens, the baby can be saved, but I could die a slow, painful death from internal hemorrhage. There was no other choice but to undergo an emergency C-section to save the baby and me. So baby Miriam Grace came into the world three months too early, and we were suddenly thrust into parenthood when and how we had least expected it.

While I was discharged from the hospital after four days, Miriam Grace is still fighting for her life every day at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We almost lost her when her right lung collapsed, and she has battled sepsis (blood infection), jaundice, and thick phlegm in her lungs, and has lost a lot of weight after birth. She also has a hole in her heart and a hemorrhage in her brain, which the doc hopes will heal on their own. Every day is a grueling struggle for our frail but feisty Christmas miracle baby.

While she has the best neonatal specialist caring for her at the most advanced hospital in Nicaragua, everything comes with a huge price. As of Feb. 17, our hospital bill has skyrocketed to US US$42,387.46, excluding doctors’ fees. So far we have paid US$36,160.00, thanks to family, friends, and strangers whose generous hearts have been moved by our situation. The doctor estimates she could be in the hospital for 10 more days.

Depending on the doctors’ fees, we could be looking at a staggering US$80,000 by the time our precious little angel is ready to come home with us. As a missionary couple, we honestly do not know how we could pay for all these life-saving treatments except through God’s providence manifested in the compassion of people around us.

While we are willing to do anything to save our daughter, many times all we could do is pray and beg for a miracle that her life be spared. We know that many people will not be able to understand our radical decision to leave very comfortable jobs to serve the Church full-time. Yes, we had “real jobs” in the past: I as a college professor, and my husband as a landscaping contractor. With our savings we had been trying to start a small business when our little daughter came, but that money has long been spent helping to save her life. And now that our time is spent pumping breast milk and visiting her thrice a day at the NICU, it is impossible to get jobs now that we are staying so far from home. Nevertheless, we feel that our call to mission stands despite the incredible odds we face today, because the Church desperately needs workers to tend its proverbial vineyards. Guadalupe Gardens, the missionary formation center founded by my husband in 2006, is a place where foreign lay missionaries can stay to learn how to be missionaries while serving the poor as Jesus did, revitalizing the missionary identity we have as Christians.

Please help us continue supporting our precious daughter, the world’s youngest missionary, whose very life has now become intricately woven into the life of our mission.  We will be forever indebted to you for helping our little Christmas miracle come true.

 
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Update 6
Posted by Paul Rush
2 months ago
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Miriam Grace's brain hemorrhage has been completely reabsorbed. She is now on kangaroo care so we are able to hold her close and bond with her. The doctor estimates she will be in the hospital for 10 days more. We still need to raise a large amount of money to pay all her bills. Any help is truly appreciated.
Feb. 17 bill (minus Dr.'s fees)
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Update 5
Posted by Paul Rush
3 months ago
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NICARAGUA, CHRISTMAS DAY—Miriam Grace Rush was born severely premature at 29 weeks, weighing exactly 1,000 grams. We, her parents, Lorelei “Bing” de la Cruz-Rush from the Philippines and Paul Rush from Delaware, are Catholic lay missionaries. We are knocking on your generous hearts to help us raise funds to pay for our continuously escalating hospital bills.


Four days before she was born, I was confined in the hospital because my chronic high blood pressure reached 180/100. Two days later, I was discharged. Then on December 25, 2016, I was again rushed to the hospital because my blood pressure was an even more dangerously high 180/110. At this elevated blood pressure, the risk of the placenta abruptly separating from the uterus is very high. If that happens, the baby can be saved, but I could die a slow, painful death from internal hemorrhage. There was no other choice but to undergo an emergency C-section to save the baby and me. So baby Miriam Grace came into the world three months too early, and we were suddenly thrust into parenthood when and how we had least expected it.


While I was discharged from the hospital after four days, Miriam Grace is still fighting for her life every day at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). We almost lost her when her right lung collapsed, and she has battled sepsis (blood infection), jaundice, and thick phlegm in her lungs, and has lost a lot of weight after birth. She also has a hole in her heart and a swelling in her brain, which the doc hopes will heal on their own. Every day is a grueling struggle for our frail but feisty Christmas miracle baby.


While she has the best neonatal specialist caring for her at the most advanced hospital in Nicaragua, everything comes with a huge price. As of Jan. 11 (Day 18), our hospital bill has skyrocketed to US24,027.95, excluding doctors’ fees. So far we have paid US$16,055, thanks to family, friends, and strangers whose generous hearts have been moved by our situation. The doctor estimates she could be in the hospital for at least 3 more weeks. We could be looking at a staggering US$80,000 by the time our precious little angel is ready to come home with us. As a missionary couple, we honestly do not know how we could pay for all these life-saving treatments except through God’s providence manifested in the compassion of people around us.


While we are willing to do anything to save our daughter, many times all we could do is pray and beg for a miracle that her life be spared. We know that many people will not be able to understand our radical decision to leave very comfortable jobs to serve the Church full-time. Yes, we had “real jobs” in the past: I as a college professor, and my husband as a landscaping contractor. With our savings we had been trying to start a small business when our little daughter came, but now that our time is spent visiting her thrice a day at the NICU, it is impossible to focus on anything else. Nevertheless, we feel that our call to mission stands despite the incredible odds we face today, because the Church desperately needs workers to tend its proverbial vineyards. Guadalupe Gardens, the missionary formation center founded by my husband in 2006, is a place where foreign lay missionaries can stay to learn how to be missionaries while serving the poor as Jesus did, revitalizing the missionary identity we have as Christians.


Please help us continue supporting our precious daughter, the world’s youngest missionary, whose very life has now become intricately woven into the life of our mission. We will be forever indebted to you for helping our little Christmas miracle come true.
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Update 4
Posted by Paul Rush
4 months ago
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DEC. 25, 2016--Just when we thought our first Christmas was bleak and austere because of our circumstances, the Lord Jesus Christ has deemed our little baby Miriam Grace Rush worthy to share in the feast of His Nativity. Because of Lorelei's dangerously high blood pressure of 180/110, the doctors needed to perform an emergency Caesarean section to save both my wife and child. At 29 weeks (barely 6 months), Miriam weighed 2.9 lbs. While she seems energetic at times, there was water in her lungs, jaundice, and she tends to forget to breathe as preemies do, so she is on a respirator part-time. The doctors estimate that Miriam Grace will need to be in the neonatal ICU for at least a month, depending on her recovery rate. We continue to plead for some generous support for the accumulating hospital bills even as our little missionary fights for survival one day at a time.
Miriam Grace Rush, 1.3 kg, Dec. 25, 2016
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Update 3
Posted by Paul Rush
4 months ago
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My name is Lorelei de la Cruz-Rush, a Filipina, married to Paul Rush, from Delaware. We are Catholic lay missionaries building a missionary formation center in Nicaragua.

I have been battling with chronic high blood pressure for 7 years now, and it took a turn for the worse during the past several weeks of my pregnancy. On Dec 21, 2016, 28 weeks into my pregnancy, I registered a dangerously high 180/100 and was admitted to the emergency room of Hospital Metropolitan Vivian Pellas. Doctors told me I could suffer a stroke or a burst blood vessel that could separate the placenta and harm Baby Miriam Grace. We were fearing superimposed preeclampsia, in which case the baby can be saved only through an emergency C-section.

Even as we pull through this hospitalization where they charge us US$1000 for two days, the medications and the doctors' fees, we also need weekly lab tests and checkups to closely monitor all possible signs of preeclampsia. Costs for the weekly tests alone amount to US$224. In case of an emergency C-section, we will be paying US$1500 per day for neonatal ICU hospitalization.

So like the Holy Family struggling to find a little shelter and comfort during this season of the Nativity, we are knocking on your generous hearts to send us help to help us prepare for a safe delivery to bring our little angel into the world.

Please help us pray for a miracle that Baby Miriam Grace is born full-term without requiring an emergency C-section. We will keep you posted on the outcome of my health and Baby Miriam's.
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Lorelie Española Romero
3 months ago
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I really wish I can help you financially but all I can do is to pray for your little angel! I'm praying for the fast recovery of your baby, in Jesus Name, Amen! God bless your family!

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Paul Rush
23 months ago
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Local families will not be charged to use the well water. Once we have an operating well we will provide another video update. Thank you for your interest in this project.

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Taresa Fassbender
23 months ago
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My husband and I are on the Guadalupe Gardens board and are responding for Paul as he has limited access to the internet. The local families will not be charged for using the water from the well. Once the solar powered pump is installed we will have little to no cost to operate.

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Frank Christensen
23 months ago
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Will the local families be charged to use the well?

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Brad Fassbender
3 months ago

Hi, this is Brad and Taresa Fassbender. We help out the Rush family by serving on the Guadalupe Gardens board. If anyone feels called to donate privately, they can call us at 239-986-0550. Guadalupe Gardens is a 501 (c) 3 headquarter in Ave Maria, FL with a mission site in San Marcos, Nicaragua. As a quick witness- knowing the Rush family has been a huge blessing and we believe that Guadalupe Gardens has a huge purpose to serve in the Church. By supporting the Rush family in this great time of need, we join not only them in solidarity and love, but also all those they serve in Nicaragua. Miriam Grace may you grow in strength, health, love, and holiness. May your tiny little entrance into this world change it, and make the world more beautiful!

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$14,185 of $80k goal

Raised by 128 people in 24 months
Created April 29, 2015
ZC
$25
Zachariah Creech
12 days ago

Be strong little angel

$200
Ching Bebut Gomez Garcia
13 days ago

For Miriam Grace - may you live up to your name, as God has named you. God bless!

$50
Anonymous
15 days ago
$100
Anonymous
22 days ago
$2,000
Anna Öberg
26 days ago
DA
$250
David A
1 month ago
AA
$100
Ana Alvarez
1 month ago
PP
$250
Paula Pinter
1 month ago
RO
$50
Rebecca O'Loughlin
1 month ago
$150
Anonymous
1 month ago
Lorelie Española Romero
3 months ago
1
1

I really wish I can help you financially but all I can do is to pray for your little angel! I'm praying for the fast recovery of your baby, in Jesus Name, Amen! God bless your family!

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Paul Rush
23 months ago
1
1

Local families will not be charged to use the well water. Once we have an operating well we will provide another video update. Thank you for your interest in this project.

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Taresa Fassbender
23 months ago
1
1

My husband and I are on the Guadalupe Gardens board and are responding for Paul as he has limited access to the internet. The local families will not be charged for using the water from the well. Once the solar powered pump is installed we will have little to no cost to operate.

+ Read More
Frank Christensen
23 months ago
1
1

Will the local families be charged to use the well?

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Brad Fassbender
3 months ago

Hi, this is Brad and Taresa Fassbender. We help out the Rush family by serving on the Guadalupe Gardens board. If anyone feels called to donate privately, they can call us at 239-986-0550. Guadalupe Gardens is a 501 (c) 3 headquarter in Ave Maria, FL with a mission site in San Marcos, Nicaragua. As a quick witness- knowing the Rush family has been a huge blessing and we believe that Guadalupe Gardens has a huge purpose to serve in the Church. By supporting the Rush family in this great time of need, we join not only them in solidarity and love, but also all those they serve in Nicaragua. Miriam Grace may you grow in strength, health, love, and holiness. May your tiny little entrance into this world change it, and make the world more beautiful!

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