Help Out Little Ruby!

25 Jan

Happy Friday everyone!

I want to give you a little background story and ask for your help.

My friend (and first roommate in college), Becca, has been having a difficult time since the end of November…

Becca’s brother, Johnathan and his wife April recently gave birth to their little twin baby girls (obviously it was April that gave birth, not Johnathan).  But little Gracie Kay and Ruby Faith were born on November 27th at only 25 weeks.

Ruby Faith is on top and Gracie Kay is on bottom

Ruby Faith is on top and Gracie Kay is on bottom

 For those of you who aren’t really familiar with the pregnancy process, typically babies should stay in the womb for about 40 weeks.  Any baby born before 37 weeks is considered premature.  According to the March of Dimes, 9 out of 10 babies born at 28 weeks will survive but many will have serious health problems.  These two beautiful baby girls were born at 25 weeks so everyone knew this would be a constant battle for their survival.

On December 12, 2012, just 15 days after the girls were born, sweet little Gracie Kay passed away and went to be with the Lord.  Becca’s family had to go through the unimaginable with a funeral for a 15-day-old baby, just one week before Christmas, all while Ruby remained in the hospital fighting for her life.

Since her birth, Ruby has been through numerous surgeries.  She has been a true fighter and is so strong!  It has been a roller coaster with her progress because once one thing ends up being okay, another issue appears.  You can only imagine how emotionally and physically draining that is on her family.

Well this morning, little Ruby had to have another surgery to have a clip put around an artery in her heart that never closed.  It was a laparoscopic (minimally invasive through a small “keyhole” incision) surgery.  Becca informed me this morning that the surgery went really well and Ruby is doing great!

Ruby Faith

Even though she is doing much better, Ruby still needs blood transfusions occasionally because her little body cannot make the blood quickly enough to replace all of the blood the doctors have to draw for the tests on her.

Good news though, this is where you can come in!

If any of you would like to help out little Ruby, you can go to any Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and donate blood for the child of April Rascoe or for Ruby Rascoe (either will be tied to Ruby).  Even if you are not a match to her blood type, she still gets credit for a free blood transfusion because you dedicated your donation for her!  How great is that?!

I can only imagine the amount of medical bills Becca’s family will have to deal with so any little bit helps!  So if you would, please go by a Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center soon and make a donation for Ruby Rascoe!  I will be going on February 6th (because that is the earliest I can donate since I just donated in December) if anyone would like to join me!

This awesome link on the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s website shows you locations available on certain dates that you can donate!  If you become a Commit for Life member, you get cool rewards like t-shirts, jackets, bags, etc. but please take the time to donate because you would be helping to save Ruby’s life and that is the most rewarding thing in the world!

I also ask that you please keep Ruby and her family in your prayers because she still has a long journey ahead of her and there’s no limit to the amazing work God can do!

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!  And thanks in advance to any of you who go donate blood for Ruby!

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5 Responses to “Help Out Little Ruby!”

  1. Melissa Meeks January 28, 2013 at 10:23 AM #

    Scheduled to donate for Sweet Ruby, They are all in my prayers!

    • sweetsassyandabitsmartassy January 28, 2013 at 1:08 PM #

      Thank you SO much, Melissa!! I know she and her family will truly appreciate your help!! You’re the best! 🙂

    • Rebecca Rascoe Sills January 28, 2013 at 11:32 PM #

      Thank you so much. Our family greatly appreciates your kindness!

  2. Rebecca Rascoe Sills January 28, 2013 at 11:36 PM #

    Thank you Blair for posting this, you are truly a great person and so glad to have you as a friend!

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    […] to send out a friendly reminder for everyone to go donate their blood to little Ruby Rascoe.  (see my previous post for more information) I had an appointment at the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center yesterday and it was quick and […]

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