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On December 21st 2020, the night of the Christmas star, our little baby Levi Grey was born 13 weeks too early via emergency C-section. A micro preemie, weighing just 884grams, he was immediately rushed to the NICU where he needs to stay to get stronger, bigger, and to address any complications from being born 3 months in advance.
Our doctors estimate that he needs to stay in the NICU for about 60 to 90 days. The cost of just one day in the NICU is USD $1,000. On some days this cost goes up due to other tests they have to run.
This cost is completely unexpected. We had planned for a normal delivery close to the end of March (his due date was March 20, 2021), which our insurance would have covered, but there is no coverage for babies in the NICU.
Had this happened on any other year we would have had the funds to completely support our baby, but the recession from COVID has hit us hard, and a lot of our cash reserves went into supporting the salaries of those employed in our company, a solar energy provider. We employ close to 100 people and we chose not to fire anyone during the pandemic and recession because we understood that they too have families to support. The country offered very little by way of employee subsidies, and we didn't want any one of our people having to worry or go hungry or wonder how they will continue their children's education.
We expected 2021 to be better, for the business to recover, and--as mentioned--that insurance would cover the cost of the delivery and one or two days stay at a hospital with a baby.
We've always sought to do good and do the right thing by people and by the earth (as evidenced by the type of business we chose to run), and we are hoping to receive some help to bring our baby home. Any amount is appreciated, and if there is a way to repay it or exchange it for something in the future, we will find a way.
Thank you for reading our story and supporting our campaign!
- Rachel Kelly Davis
- Campaign Owner
I am wire-free!!Update posted by Rachel Kelly Davis at 03:04 am
I AM FINALLY WIRE-FREE!!It has been a month since my mama updated this fundraiser. She has spent all her days visiting me, making sure I can feed, and talking to the doctors. Yesterday, for the first time since I was born I was finally wire-free! No more feeding tube, no. . . . .
Fatness is the name of the gameUpdate posted by Rachel Kelly Davis at 05:27 am
Today I weigh 906grams. Officially overtook my birth weight! (I had to shed some of my birth weight first, as all babies do, and I've been slowly gaining back the weight.)You might have seen some photos of me without the nasal cannula. That was when my O2 levels were great. . . . .
Kangaroo Care / KMCUpdate posted by Rachel Kelly Davis at 05:23 am
Something really important for ALL newborns is kangaroo care or skin-to-skin contact with our mommies and daddies. This type of contact, which puts us on the chest of our mommies and daddies allows us to feel their warmth, hear their heartbeats (mommy's heartbeat is specially familiar because it's what we. . . . .
My first toy!!Update posted by Rachel Kelly Davis at 03:37 am
Yesterday one of my aunts sent a little knitted octopus for me. The octopus tentacles mimic the umbilical cord, which babies tend to pull on while in the womb. For preemies, a toy like this will give me something to pull on, which prevents me from pulling on my cords.
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