Condition: Premature Birth
City, State: Grants Pass, OR
Club: South Middle School Sparrow Club Service Hours:
Date Adopted: 1/22/2014
Born preterm and breach at 25 weeks, the Sanchez family welcomed baby Eva into their lives. She was so tiny and beautiful but also a fighter. Eva was diagnosed with IVH (intraventricular hemorrhaging) and PVL (periventricular leukomalacia). This meant she had a brain injury that caused hemorrhaging and bleeding inside the brain. Doctors gave her 48 hours to live and said she had a 90% chance of dying on her Mercy Flight to a Portland Hospital. Against all odds she survived and at less than a month old she had surgery for a ruptured lung, followed by surgery for a herniated bellybutton. She also had two surgeries on her head to drain fluid and to install a shunt. Because of her conditions, she suffered heart murmurs, low muscle tone, and increased pressure behind her eyes. Finally after three and a half months old she was released to go home, but their time in Portland was far from over. They were soon headed back for frequent doctor appointments and tests.
Eva’s condition started to improve as she got older and more mobile. However, on March 16, 2013, things changed. Eva’s brain fluid wasn’t draining and she needed a second shunt. Within a week she started having seizures and stopped feeding on her own. She started vomiting and losing weight. She was rushed to the hospital where she actually flat-lined for five minutes. They flew her to Doernbecher to have her shunts removed and found she had an infection from an unsterilized shunt.
Now Eva eats from a feeding tube in her tummy and requires oxygen to breath. She has temporary blindness due to the pressure behind her eyes and takes daily medications.
At 2-years-old, in spite of everything she has been through, Eva is still a happy child. She loves listening to music and enjoys the company of her two sisters. Her older sister Audrey can’t wait for the day she gets to play with her.
Eva will be adopted as a Sparrow to South Middle School in Grants Pass. Students will work hard to raise money for Eva through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.