Consuelo Elisa Santiago Shraga Memorial Fund

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Organizer: Her friends and family Beneficiary: Jason Andrew Shraga

We are saddened by the passing of our dear friend, Consuelo Elisa Santiago Shraga.  Consuelo had a short, valiant battle with cancer diagnosed during her pregnancy, and she passed away on Friday, January 10, 2014, twenty-five hours after delivering beautiful twin boys - Matthew Ian and Jason Andrew.   Consuelo did an amazing job bringing her sons into this world just prior to her death.  Tragically, Matthew Ian was born too sick and passed away just 8 days after his mother. 

As the Circle of Life goes on, Jason will have a long battle in the NICU, but he is doing well for his age, born at just 2.2 pounds.  But, if he is half the fighter that Consuelo was, Jason will persevere. 

Although Consuelo did not get a chance to see her sons, she was so very excited about being pregnant and about giving birth.  She battled her cancer long enough to provide safe passage into this world for her sons.  Her family is so proud at how long she was able to carry and protect Matthew and Jason.  We know that Consuelo will always being looking down on Jason and her loving husband Bill Shraga, and she and Matthew be their guiding angels. 

We, her friends and family, want to provide a cherished life for Jason.  Although his life may have started with a tragedy, we hope to help he and Bill will find happiness and peace throughout the rest of their lives.  This fund is intended to ensure that Jason can journey through life as Consuelo dreamed for them. 

Consuelo (April 15, 1972- January 10, 2014) grew up in New City, New York and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1994. She went on to graduate from law school at Penn in 1997 before moving out to Los Angeles, California. She is survived by her husband, Bill; her son, Jason; her parents, Jose and Janet; her sister and brother-in-law, Ilana and Itay Reiss; and her nieces, Emerie and Goldie.

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10/10/2014
by Her friends and family

JASON SHRAGA – FINAL SADNESS

Dear Family and Friends,

It is for the third - and final - time this year that I have terribly sad news to convey. On Tuesday, September 30, I lost my little prince, Jason Andrew Shraga. He passed around 5am, after heroic efforts by the EMTs and ER team at Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center in Westwood to resuscitate him after he apparently stopped breathing at home at night. Jason would have been 6 months old "corrected" (ie. post-due date, as he was a 28.5-week preemie).

There is not much else to say anymore. He was such a tough little fighter and happy pappy who always had a quick smile for everyone and a truly sweet disposition despite his challenging, short little life. After being discharged from the NICU after 189 days there, Jason was home for a little over two months, and despite several return visits back to the ER/hospital. But, he got a chance to be in his home and crib, meet his family and enjoy the outdoors. I will forever be indebted to each and every member of the NICU team and the pediatrics doctors and nurses who took care of him, loved him and gave me and him and our family the time we had together.

In lieu of flowers, etc., a donation can be made in honor of Jason Shraga and sent to either:

Chai Lifeline (www.chailifeline.org)  or 

Health Sciences Development
Attn: Child Life, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA
10945 Le Conte Ave., Suite 3132
Los Angeles, CA 90095
If you'd like to make a donation over the phone, please contact Danielle Dietz at 310-267-1852.

THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your love, support and generosity over this past year. I wish it could have had a happier ending. Jason is now at peace with him mommy and brother. Forgive me if I'm delayed in getting back to any of your calls/emails, etc.

Cherish you darlings.

Love,
Bill Shraga


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08/26/2014
by Her friends and family
Hello All,

We are home. Jason Andrew Shraga has (finally) come home and is doing great, after being in the hospital over 6 months since the day he was born. He started life at 2 lbs 2 oz, and he's now over 12 lbs. His doctors and nurses at Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center were amazing. They poured their everything into him, and it shows. While they were all happy to see him go home, his departure broke a lot of hearts. I know Consuelo would be so grateful for how they took care of Jason.

We have been home for a month now, and he is settling in really nicely, enjoying his room, strolls and playing. Due to preemie-related issues, Jason came home on a naso-gastric (NG) feeding tube (the yellow one in the picture) and home oxygen, plus a handful of meds and breathing treatments. All, however, should be temporary and he will grow out of them. Thank you again for all your support, generosity and kindness during these past 8 months. Lastly, please know that I read and appreciate all your emails and notes, and forgive me if I’m delayed in responding back to you. 

Lots of love, Bill


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02/25/2014
by Her friends and family
Dear Family and Friends,

I just wanted to take a moment to say thank you for all your support – prayers, cards, calls, emails, very generous and thoughtful donations. I, Jason and my family thank you and appreciate them all. Your kind words and help during this time are truly greatly appreciated. Con would have been overwhelmed by all your love.

Jason is doing well. Today, he is at 35 weeks gestation (born at 28.5 weeks). Life in the NICU is a roller coaster - with good days and not so good days.  At this point, Jason is still on breathing support but is gaining weight (3.5 lbs, up from 2 lbs 2 oz.). He is active (likes to kick and squirm around) and I'd like to think recognizing me and my voice.  He is really quite an adorable little peanut - I'm totally biased.  All his nurses love him and they take amazing care of him and the other babies. In general, he is expected to come home around his due date of the end of March, so we still have a ways to go. I've also posted some pics of him.

I'm also doing OK, taking it day by day and getting things ready for Jason's homecoming. All your support has been really helpful for me.

Thank you again, and I will keep you posted.
Love,
Bill
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01/18/2014
by Her friends and family
Dear Family and Friends,
It with an unbearably sad heart that I am writing to tell you that my little prince, Matthew Ian Shraga, passed away last night, Friday, January 17 at Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center. Despite his fighting like a tiger and the unbelievable efforts of the NICU staff, little Matty was born too early and too sick. He lived for eight days and will always be loved and remembered. He is now with his mommy, Consuelo.
Again, I want to truly thank everyone who has written cards/notes, texted, called, emailed, donated, come to the funeral, sat shiva, etc. I have read and appreciated each and every one of them.
Jason Andrew continues to remain stable and is improving. Please continue with your positive thoughts and prayers for him.
Love,
Bill

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