Baby Juliette Jean's Fund

For: Juliette Jean Gerbino
Organizer: Lauren Sessa
Baby Juliette Jean's Fund (Juliette Jean Gerbino)
of $17,000 goal
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Raised by 207 donors
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The Story

Melissa and Ross found out that they were expecting on Christmas Eve 2012.  As any new parents-to-be would feel, they were overjoyed.  Taking every precaution possible, Melissa ventured into her pregnancy with careful consideration so that she could ensure the best chance to deliver a healthy baby nine months later.

At a routine doctor appointment, it was discovered that the umbilical cord was wrapped twice around baby Juliette's neck.  At the same time, Melissa was experiencing pre eclampsia, a life threatening condition that occurs in approximately 5%-8% of pregnant women in the US. Reality came crashing down on Melissa and Ross in an instant - baby Juliette would need to be delivered immediately or both momma and baby would die.

Born on 5/22 via C-section, baby Juliette Jean Gerbino came into this world in a flash, 14 weeks early and weighing a mere 1.6 pounds.  The next 72 hours would be critical.  As her parents watched on in horror and shock, baby Juliette pushed through the next few days breathing with the support of a ventilator.  

In the next month, Juliette will be moved to an out of state hospital where she will undergo surgery to install a shunt in her brain.  She is developing hydrocephalus, a condition in which the cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain cavity and has no means to drain.  This causes severe pressure in the brain and left untreated, can be fatal.  The shunt will help Juliette's brain to effectively drain excess fluid into her abdominal cavity where the body will reabsorb it.  

Medical insurance covers a only a portion of the costs associated with Juliette's post natal care.  Not to mention the cost of travel, gas, meals and lodging so that Melissa and Ross can be with their little girl every step of the way.  Juliette will be in the NICU for at least 3 months before she is healthy enough to continue ongoing care at home.  I am starting this fundraiser as a means to assist my best friend and her husband in paying the overwhelming medical bills that are compounding day after day.

Many people do not think about what having a "healthy" baby really means.  There was no warning, not an inkling of a thought that something like this would happen.  I am begging you to please donate whatever you can to help the plight of sweet baby Juliette, who never asked to be born into this world in such haste only to face a daily struggle that many of us cannot even fathom in our lifetime. Every DOLLAR adds up.  If you cannot donate, please share this fundraiser or at the very least PRAY.  Pray that Juliette will come out of this beating the worst of odds and grow up to be a happy and healthy little girl.

And to baby Juliette, keep on fighting little girl, show us how big your brave is!!

Thank you

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on December 17, 2013

Posted on December 17, 2013

Wow, it's been a while!

Juliette is home and thriving. She's 11.5 pounds and 22.25 inches long. She has physical and occupational therapy once a week, and therapists are impressed with her progress. She is just about on track for her adjusted age, 3 months.

Juliette is also working with feeding therapists , and I'm happy to report she only uses her gtube at night! We are slowly working  to eliminate the gtube use entirely. Hooray!

Juliette's first Christmas is sure to be a Merry one!


Posted on October 5, 2013

Posted on October 5, 2013

It's been a crazy couple of days, so I am just getting to post this now...

After 134 days in the NICU, Juliette was FINALLY welcomed home on Thursday, October 3rd. 

Juliette is doing so well at home so far, and Mommy and Daddy are over the moon! 

Thank you all so much for your continued love, support, and positive thinking throughout this time.  It has meant the world to Melissa, Ross, and the little warrior Juliette Jean!

Posted on October 1, 2013

Posted on October 1, 2013

Happy October!

Day 132 for Juliette today.  We are happy to report she's been breathing COMPLETELY on her own since Sunday night.  Wait until you see her beautiful face without all that extra "stuff."

It looks like Juliette will need to be fed over an hour via a pump, instead of 25 minute gravity feeds.  Its seems that's what Juliette needs right now to keep her sugars regulated.  There will be out patient followup with endocrinologists to determine when gravity feeds can start again.

There are rumors going around that Juliette may be home by this weekend...stay tuned!

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