Rayden R.

Condition: Cleft Lip, Cleft Palate, Patent Ductus Arteriosus and Perimembranous (PDA)
City, State: Central Point, OR
Club: McLoughlin Middle School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 747
Date Adopted: 12/08/2017

Rayden's Story:

Seventeen weeks before this precious little girl’s birth date was scheduled, her mother’s uterus tore and caused the water to break. An emergency trip to the hospital proved to be successful at preventing an extremely early birth. From there doctors ordered the mother to be on bed rest, allowing the uterus to heal itself.

Little Rayden was born 14-weeks later (31-week’s gestation), after the placenta burst. She came into this world weighing just a mere 4 pounds. Due to the pregnancy difficulties, Rayden had developed several medical complications.

Rayden suffers from a cleft lip and cleft palate. Cleft lip and palate are facial and oral malformations that occur while the baby is developing inside the mother. This condition appears as a narrow opening in the skin of the upper lip. This separation often extends beyond the base of the nose and includes the bones of the upper jaw and upper gum.

Along with that condition, it was discovered that Rayden suffers from a heart defect called Patent Ductus Arteriosus and Perimembranous (PDA).

PDA is a heart problem that occurs between two major arteries, the aorta and pulmonary artery. These arteries are connected by a blood vessel called the ductus arteriosus. After birth, the vessel is supposed to close as part of the normal circulation. In Rayden’s case the vessel remained open, allowing oxygen-rich blood to mix with oxygen-poor blood. This mixing puts strain on the heart and lungs.

Throughout this year, Rayden will be traveling to Portland every Monday to receive treatment and to develop her continued care plan. She has future surgeries scheduled all the way to age 18-years-old, to align and correct the malformations caused by her cleft lip and palate. Rayden will also be on a medical journey to correct her heart defects.

This sweet little girl has already shown signs of such strength and courage. According to her mother she rarely even cries or fusses. Instead, she lights up when she hears her name.

Rayden will be adopted as a sparrow to McLoughlin Middle School. Students at MAC will work hard to raise money for Rayden through sponsored community service and fundraising projects.


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