Support for the Lewis family

For: Lauren & Bradley Lewis
Troy, NY
Organizer: Kristin Beecher & Richard Knight
Support for the Lewis family (Lauren & Bradley Lewis)
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Raised by 226 donors

The Story

Dear friends & family,   

This is extremely difficult to write. As many of you know, my sister, Lauren has had an amazing and healthy pregnancy. She went into labor late Tuesday night. Everything was progressing well and normally…but early Wednesday evening, they could not find a heartbeat for baby Lew. Nothing could be done; Lauren went into shock. She continued to labor until she had a grand mal seizure early Thursday morning. Lauren had two more grand mal seizures and then an emergency c-section.    

On January 11th, Theodore Lloyd Lewis was stillborn at 4:48am, 7 lbs 13 ounces, 21.5”   

Because of the seizures, Lauren was left under conscious sedation and intubated all day Thursday. Her vitals remained stable and they were able to remove the tube Friday morning. When Lauren woke up, she had to be told her baby boy had passed away. Brad was able to bring Theo to her to hold. Over the next two days, Lauren’s testing all came back clear, praise God. She was discharged home yesterday.   

Theo was embalmed so that Lauren and Brad could see him one more time. They were able to go to the funeral home last night to spend an hour and a half with him before saying goodbye. Theo will be cremated.   

Obviously, this has been a complete shock and their grief is unimaginable. Many of you have asked what you can do to help. We know they would only ask for prayer, but we’ve decided to set up this fund to support them with the medical and funeral expenses. This is simply a tangible way to bless them, in lieu of sending flowers or food, by alleviating some of the financial burden on them right now.   

Thank you for surrounding Lauren and Brad during this time. Thank you in advance for your generosity. Thank you for your prayers, please don’t stop. Your prayers mean the world right now. 

Love, Kristin   

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 28, 2018

Posted on January 28, 2018

Dear friends and family, 

Words are truly inadequate for these past few weeks. We woke up on January 10th, excited that our little boy was coming to us that day, only to find out at 7pm that night that his heart inexplicably stopped beating. We cannot describe the heaviness and sorrow that seems to loom over us in every moment. We miss our sweet Theo in a way that words can’t describe.  

We never envisioned the next few moments, hours, days, that would follow. Our family, extended family, friends, church and even people we barely knew, came out to shower us with love, support and encouragement. We sat in disbelief over what everyone did on YouCaring for us. We were humbled and overwhelmed to realize how deeply we are loved. You have lifted us up and are helping to carry our burden. In the midst of experiencing such grief, we cannot thank you all enough for that.  

We thought it might be helpful to share our story a little further as we did get some test results back. The labs indicated that I had a stage-3 chorioamnionitis, an infection of the uterus and umbilical cord. Unfortunately, it seems whatever infection I had was isolated to my uterus and affected Theo, not me. I never experienced a single symptom of chorioamnionitis. The doctors also diagnosed me with eclampsia (I never had preeclampsia) with no other symptoms other than the seizures – in fact throughout pregnancy and labor I had consistently low blood pressure. I also had a slight drop in sodium which seemed to cause me to become delusional and confused – I am told I became dazed and emotionally unresponsive the moment his heart stopped beating. I have no memory of this happening, or anything that followed. The most difficult part of this is coming to grips with the fact that every part of my pregnancy and labor were healthy and seemingly perfect. I was laboring normally and all my, as well as Theo’s vitals, were being monitored and were great throughout. Until his heart stopped beating, nothing went wrong. 

We met last week with my midwife and the doctor who performed my C-section to discuss our case. They explained as much as they could, only to conclude that whatever happened was extremely rare and we would likely never have an explanation. The biggest mystery to everyone is why Theo just died suddenly. The doctor is continuing to explore our case and plans to meet with the high-risk pregnancy doctors at Albany Med to see if they can offer any additional insight.  

We named him Theodore, which means “gift from God.” Our hearts break knowing that we only experienced that gift for the 9 months he was growing inside me, but Theo was still a beautiful gift from God. We have so many memories we enjoyed while being pregnant with Theo and we can only hope that he remembers those times now. We know he is being loved and held in the arms of Jesus now.  

With love,
Lauren & Brad  

Posted on January 17, 2018

Posted on January 17, 2018

We just wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone!!!  Lauren and Brad are blown away by your generosity and cannot believe so many have given so much already...they feel incredibly loved and supported!  

Additional donations beyond the goal amount will go towards future medical expenses (e.g. genetic testing), lost wages (as many of you know, Brad and Lauren are self-employed), and time to grieve.  We plan to leave this site for up for two weeks.

Please continue to pray.  We are very thankful for you all!

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