Miriam Grace and Lorelei Rush

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Raised by 129 people in 39 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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THANKS to your overwhelming support and fervent prayers, as of May 20, 2017, Miriam Grace Rush is enjoying much improved health and incredibly fast growth. It has been two and a half months since she has been discharged from the NICU. Now five days short of her 5th month, she now tips the scale at 10.1 pounds, every inch a chubby, happy baby. The hole in her heart has completely closed, and although there is still a valve that needs to close, it has closed to a significant extent. We are grateful that she has not contracted any sickness even when we ourselves got sick from bugs going on in the community. Her brain recovered completely from the hemorrhage. Her lungs are stronger than ever. She refluxed for a while but now it is under control. She is mostly active during the day, demanding to be breastfed almost nonstop at times between bottles, but she sleeps 8 hours through the night. (We didn’t train her. Her biological clock just set itself naturally.)

We are happy to report that through your cash donations and those from our families in the US and the Philippines, we were miraculously able to pay the hospital bills, which amounted to over US50,000. We still owe her doctor, a brilliant neonatal specialist, a few thousand dollars. He had long been aware of our financial difficulties and have generously reduced his professional fee to almost one-third of what he charges for his services, payable whenever we could afford to do so. Our debt of gratitude goes to this miracle worker who had saved Miriam’s life in more ways than we can count.
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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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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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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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Lorelie Española Romero
18 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
38 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
38 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
38 months ago
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Will the local families be charged to use the well?

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Brad Fassbender
18 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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Zachariah Creech
15 months ago

Be strong little angel

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Ching Bebut Gomez Garcia
15 months ago

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

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Lorelie Española Romero
18 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
38 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
38 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
38 months ago
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Will the local families be charged to use the well?

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Brad Fassbender
18 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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