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NICU Assistance Program 

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Baby Charlotte in the NICU

 

Charlotte Ministries is a NICU Assistance program, inspired by a staff member’s struggle with having a baby in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Evaluated on a case-by-case basis, The Salvation Army provides care packages as well as financial assistance for families with a child currently in an Allen County NICU (and in special cases, children with cancer or other medical issues.) Assistance is provided upon demonstration of need and based upon donations received.

For more information, please contact Jama Smith at jama_smith@usc.salvationarmy.org or 260-744-2311.

MARCH CASE: CONNOR 

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“At 36 weeks, Connor’s heart rate was low enough that the doctor decided an emergency c-section was necessary.  He was unresponsive at delivery, but was mercifully able to be quickly resuscitated.  We are uncertain how long Connor was without oxygen and the impact on his brain, which showed no activity in initial tests.

A few hours after birth, Connor was transferred to Lutheran NICU where he was placed in a cooling vest. The vest regulated his core temperature at around 92 degrees to try to protect his vital organs while the doctors tried to determine what was wrong.  During that time of waiting and evaluating Connor’s health, we saw both encouraging and discouraging signs.  While he had several apparent seizures and we remain uncertain about the severity of damage to his brain and other organs, Connor briefly opened his eyes, moved his extremities, demonstrated responsive gag reflex, and moved his head on his own.”
The greatest sign of improvement was when Connor was taken off the ventilator and began to breathe independently about 24 hours after birth. Connor has many tests ahead of him, and the family is unsure of how long they will be staying in the NICU.

The Family is in the greatest need of:

Gas Gift Cards

Utility Assistance

Grocery Gift Cards

Basic Baby Hygiene Items (Diapers, Wipes, etc.)

We will be accepting donations for Baby Connor from now until 4/30/16.

Gift cards can be mailed to The Salvation Army RE: BABY CONNOR 2901 North Clinton Fort Wayne, IN 46805.

If you would like to assist with home or utility payments for this family, please contact Jama_Smith@usc.salvationarmy.org

To learn more about Baby Connor or to donate directly, Click Here 

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TO GET INVOLVED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR:

We are constantly in need of donations for Charlotte Ministries! We are currently accepting:

  • Gently used and new infant clothing
  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Grocery Gift Cards
  • Restaurant Gift Cards (NICU families often have to grab food on the go or take food back to the hospital.)
  • Gas Cards (Many of our families drive to and from the NICU several times daily and gas costs alone can be staggering.)
  • New Baby Hygiene Items

Donations can be delivered to the reception desk at 2901 North Clinton, Fort Wayne, MON-FRI 8:30 am -4:30 pm.

TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE PROGRAM:

 If you have or know of a NICU or child in need that meets our medical requirements, please email Jama_Smith@usc.salvationarmy.org

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