Monday, January 23, 2006

Please Help!!!

I read this on the Digi Pick of the Day Blog, and had to try and get the word out!
Quoted from the DPotD
"I wanted to share with all of you a post from Alisha Hess at Sweet n' Simple Creations. She is having a fundraiser to benefit a charity that has sadly become very dear to a good friend's heart. Please read on for the details:

Please Help! Deadline January 31st, 2006!
Jen, a mommy acquaintance of mine lost her newborn baby to Potter's Syndrome this past weekend. In Potter's (or Potter) syndrome, the baby's kidneys do not develop in the first few weeks of life in the womb. The baby's kidneys are essential for the production of amniotic fluid in the womb. If there are no kidneys, there is little or no amniotic fluid to expand the womb around the baby and to allow the baby to grow and move. The womb remains small and in its confined space the baby's lungs cannot develop properly. Many babies with Potter's syndrome are stillborn. In those who are born alive, the immediate cause of death is failure to breathe (respiratory failure) due to underdeveloped lungs, usually in the day or two after delivery. Even if this problem is treated the baby cannot survive without kidneys. (Potter's syndrome is also known as Renal Agenesis, which simply means that the kidneys did not develop). Jen and her family turned down their option of terminating the pregnancy in the belief that God was in control of the situation and would allow the baby to live as long as he or she was meant to. Their precious little baby was by all ultrasounds thought to be a little girl who was to be named Faith. They relied on God to give them strength to go through the pregnancy, so that they could spend as much time as possible with their precious little one.

January 14th, 2006 a note from Jen:
"Faith Elizabeth was born at 5:40 am this morning (at 34 weeks) and was promptly renamed Brett Andrew. 13 ultrasounds and we were all wrong. The labor was short and the delivery was uneventful. We were able to share his life for 1 hour before he passed away. He was, of course, perfect. Thank you for all of your thoughts and well wishes. God bless my little boy."

Jen has asked that anyone who wishes to make a contribution in Brett Andrew's name to send your gift to a group named "The Kid's Place" who deals with grief counseling and is now very near and dear to the family's heart. I'd like to make a contribution and you can help me do so. I am donating all proceeds of my toddler themed "Petite Journaling plates" purchased from now until the end of the month to The Kid's Place. Please, if you'd like to help out with this very worthy cause, visit the SOTB or Digitals store before the deadline and snatch a pack of these up. Please help!
Link to my Journal plates at SOTB: http://www.scrapoutsidethebox.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=&products_id=1890
Link to my Journal plates at Digitals: http://www.digitalscrapbookpages.com/digitals/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=&products_id=2019 "
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