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My name is Tiana Steel(Izayah's mom) My husband, Kevin,and I as well as, our 14 yr old Dekotah and 2 yr old Zander are in need of your help

Izayah Zavier Steel
April 26, 2012
1lb 11oz 13 inches long

While pregnant with Izayah, I found out that i had a placenta previa, which caused hemorrhaging that could not be stopped without delivering him early. Izayah was born 15weeks early. Being born early, he was intubated immediately after birth and taken from the hospital in Muskegon, MI to the Helen Devos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI, where he has now been for a little over 11 weeks. He has had many trials and tribulations in his short little life so far and many more to come. He has had multiple brain bleeds, a stroke, many blood transfusions, has been on oxygen through a ventilator, then the C-PAP machine and then a nasal cannula. I am happy to say that as of now he is breathing on his own and seems to be doing that well for now. He has been in an incubator and under bilirubin lights and many other things like IVs and blood tests. He is now up to 5lbs and 1 oz, and is trying to learn how to nipple feed instead of being tube fed. This is a slow and trying process, and alot of hard work for little lungs. Between loss of work due to bed rest during pregnancy, and early childbirth and the 80 mile round trip commute to see our little bundle, we have dwindled through all of our savings and are now struggling to make ends meet and need your help!! We know that at this pint Izayah has stage 2 ROP, a condition with his eyes, and that due to the stroke he will have some sort of Cerebral Palsey. His total health and outcome is unknown at this time, but we are optimistic! Please help us in our trying time, so that we can be strong and whole when it is time for our little guy to come home!
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