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Support for River Ryan Riojas, a 1 pound, 2.8 micro-preemie.

River Ryan Riojas was born on June 27th, 2012 at 27 weeks weighing just 1 pound 2.8 ounces. He is doing AMAZING but has a long road ahead both in the NICU and once he comes home to become a strong healthy boy. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and this page serves to allow the village to help support him and his family. When sudden miracles happen, while they are joyous occasions, they can often burden even the most successful and self-sufficient families financially. The Riojas Family (Dad Robert, Mom Kara, and twin brother and sister Reese and Riley) needs to focus their time and love on River, so if you are able to make even a small donation to help with housing costs, temporary housing (Ronald McDonald house), gas costs, medical costs, etc. you can do that here. You can also post events, fundraisers, etc. Other support is needed too! From dropping off a meal, mowing their yard, etc., any help is appreciated for this family. Several events are being planned, so stay tuned! To send prayers and well wishes, and keep up to date on River's success in thriving, please visit www.facebook.com/riverryanriojas RIVER'S STORY We knew that our youngest child was a fighter from the beginning of this pregnancy. I was told at 10 weeks that my progesterone levels were low and the pregnancy was not expected to last. We held our breath until 15 weeks only to receive the news that my blood test results were returned high risk for trisomy. My husband and I decided to proceed with an amniocentesis so we could prepare ourselves as much as possible; we already loved our baby immensely. We waited an agonizing two weeks to learn our baby had no chromosomal issues and it was a boy! On June 26th at 5am, I felt a strange gush of fluid. I was only 27 weeks pregnant so I knew it couldn’t be a good thing. My fears grew when I saw it was blood. My husband rushed me to the ER where I heard our baby’s heartbeat and was immediately checked for placenta previa or abruption, both negative. The doctors never determined why I was bleeding; this amazing random sign that sent me to the hospital quite possibly saved our baby’s life. The following day, we learned that there was backflow occurring from the umbilical chord, our baby was growth restricted due to this. Then his heart rate began to drop down into the 60’s. River Ryan was born at 2:53 PM on June 27th via emergency c-section, he was 1 pound, 2.8 ounces. This would be our second journey into the NICU world. Our 3 year old twins were also born early at 31 weeks, Reese was 3 pounds, 16 oz and Riley was 3 pounds, 7 ounces. They were home in 4 weeks. River, though much smaller than his brother and sister, has shown incredible strength. The neonatologists and nurses have almost all commented that he has no idea how small he is because he is acting like a giant! He is breathing on his own but does still have a nasal cannula because it’s important to preserve his stamina and not push him too hard. He is up to 22 ML’s of breast milk every 3 hours and has maintained excellent blood gases, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc. The major yet common (for preemies) issue he is experiencing now is apnea/bradycardia, he forgets to take good breaths while sleeping and his heart rate drops. Sometimes he needs a little stimulation and sometimes he comes back up on his own. Though the NICU is a rollercoaster of emotions, it’s important to stay positive and keep the faith. We call our journey Great River Road and our boy is sprinting down it!

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