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Kaden Thomas Keppert's Medical Expenses

We are your typical middle class americans that have had a unfortunate luck. Our story like many, started off with meeting the person that completes you, then you decide to get married and buy a house to grow a family in. It was great, we had a healthy, active, beautiful 5 year old girl and learned of a little brother for her on the way - I had no morning sickness, did not feel tired, I felt pretty good for being pregnant. Then, at about 28 weeks I started having high blood pressure. A few weeks after that I started swelling, had blurred vision, spots in the eyes, and felt dizzy. After weeks of going to the doctor, and many visits to the Betty H. Cameron Women's and Children's Hospital, I was diagnosed with Preeclampsia.

Preeclampsia is a disorder that occurs only during pregnancy and the postpartum period, and affects both the mother and the unborn baby. Affecting at least 5-8% of all pregnancies, it is a rapidly progressive condition characterized by high blood pressure and the presence of protein in the urine. Swelling, sudden weight gain, headaches and changes in vision are important symptoms; however, some women with rapidly advancing disease report few symptoms. Globally, preeclampsia and other hypertensive disorders of pregnancy are a leading cause of maternal and infant illness and death. By conservative estimates, these disorders are responsible for 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths each year.

I was put on bed rest, but that did not last long. June 1st 2011 they decided that it was time to deliver Kaden because we were both becoming too ill. I was only 34 weeks along. From the second Kaden was born he was strong and holding his own. He did not need any assistance with breathing. He was a 3lbs13oz healthy baby boy! But, it was still a long road ahead. He had some hurdles to jump before he could be released. He had to hold his own body temp, eat all by himself by bottle, not skip a heart beat in 7 days straight, and grow. He was in the NICU for a total of 27 days and was released weighing 4lbs7oz. It was one of the best days of our lives when they told us he was ready to go home.

But, the real battle was yet to come. This is were our misfortune started, Kaden's medical bills kept racking up, due to lack of communication from the social worker, we had no education about our options and that financial support would have been available to us. We found out after it was too late that if we had filed an application for aid, Medicare would have paid for his medical bills. So, now we are responsible for everything insurance did not cover and the hospital will not give us a break. Since then, we have been in and out of Kaden's doctors offices and most recently Kaden had surgery to get the tubes in his ears. We hope that the tubes will help him stay well, We want to pay the debt, and have done the best we can, but this has been an enormous weight on us. We really want to move on and be able to provide better lives for Kaden and Jackie.

Thank you for any help and donations that you make. Even if you don't make a donation send Kaden a Hug! We would love to hear from you. (If you do not wish to make a donation thru the website, a savings account has been set up thru The East Carolina Bank for Kaden Thomas Keppert, you can mail donation to The East Carolina Bank Attn: Amanda Carlton 1724 Eastwood Rd Wilmington NC 28403 and you now can use paypal to make donations! )

*We just wanted to give everyone a good update with Kaden. As you all know Kaden has been back and forth to the Doctors Offices and Hospitals with respertory difficulties. With this last round to the Hospital and Pediatric office, they decided to go ahead and give Kaden a preventative treatment. He still has to us the nebulizer but now he has an inhaler that is a small about of steroids to help his lungs along. It’s been about 2 weeks and we see a world of a difference with him. He seems stronger and his personality has greatly gotten better. And the best part.... he is sleeping through the night so far! 15 months after his birth, I think we finally got him straightened out. He will be seeing an allergist in October. This will determine what is setting him off with the respiration attacks he has been getting. After a very long 15 months I think that we are finally on the right track with him.

***Hi Everyone,


We are approaching the end of Kaden's "Give Forward" donation opportunity. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all of your generosity thus far.  As a grand finale we will be establishing a raffle for a destination getaway!!! Through the kindness of a generous sponsor, the winner will receive a two night stay at any Bluegreen Corporation resort!!! For details on locations and resorts you may go  A minimum donation of $25 will enter you into the raffle, and all of our previous sponsors that have given $25 or more will be automatically entered.  Donations can be made through Give Forward or into the account that has been set up for Kaden at The East Carolina Bank.  If you have already donated, or intend to, and wish not to participate in the drawing, you may message us via Facebook, Give Forward, or email.


We cannot express how immensely grateful we are for all the love and support we have received. This raffle will be a small reflection of such generosity, and we hope that in return it will brighten your day as you have ours!


Sorry took so long to announce the winner. We wanted to get intouch first!

The winner is the Atkins Family. Thank you so much to everyone that has donated. The fundraiser officially ends next Sunday the 21st. So theres still time to donate. Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts. WE are truely surrounded by great friends and family.

Love the Keppert

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