Lauren Elise Oliver was supposed to be born towards the end of January 2015.
On September 22nd, my wife Crystal Oliver was admitted to the hospital because the amniotic sac was ruptured at 22 weeks into the pregnancy. Crystal was placed on bed rest at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas. 3 days later the first Ebola patient arrived and gave us the scare of a life time. With the grace of God, no harm was ever brought to Crystal from the Ebola spreading.
Crystal stayed on bed rest for almost 11 weeks with hopes of reducing the amount of fluid she was losing and the chance of allowing Baby Lauren to fully develop and make it to this world. The doctors and Crystal made plans to deliver Baby Lauren on December 15th at the 34th week to reduce chances of infections.
Lauren Elise Oliver arrived earlier than expected on Saturday, December 6, 2014. Crystal was 2 days away from reaching 33 weeks. Lauren didn't stay with us very long. She only survived 1 day, 2 hours, and 10 minutes.
Lauren passed away on Sunday, December 7, 2014 because her lungs were not fully developed. Lauren wasn't able to control her oxygen levels even with the help of machines. The doctors tried multiple things to try and save her but none were successful. Her precious face will always be a memory for us because she's in heaven now.
The hardest part was trying to explain to my 5 year old son why his baby sister wouldn't be coming home with us. This was after trying to explain why mom was in the hospital for 2 and a half months while being away for his birthday, Thanksgiving, and multiple school events.
Several people asked us how they can help us after receiving the sad news, but we've replied that we are fine and don't need anything. That's until I pulled out the huge folder that contains the medical expenses from the past few months.
I'm not ashamed to say that we could use the help from family and friends to help us cover the out of pocket expenses that we have to cover after the insurance pay their part. This is only the tip of the iceberg and I’m pretty sure there will be more because Crystal was just discharged on Tuesday. My goal is to at least pay off the expenses that we are currently faced with.
There's no amount of money that will ever bring our baby back and I'm not trying to make a profit from this tragic event. We truly could use the help if you're only able to help at this time.
I do understand that Christmas is upon us, so I will leave this open until the end of January.
Thanks for your prayers and support.
Crystal, Andrew and Antonio Oliver