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Nora Knake Hospital Fund


Start: Jun 20, 2019 - End: Dec 31, 2019

My sister-in-law was 26 weeks pregnant, when on a routine trip to visit family in Wisconsin, she experienced abnormal swelling in her arms and legs, with high blood pressure. She was taken to urgent care and admitted to a hospital, diagnosed with pre-eclampsia with severe features. Ultrasounds revealed that the baby was not getting the blood flow and nutrition that she needed to grow at a normal rate.

The hospital she was at was not able to provide the care that  premature babies delivered before 36 weeks old need, so she was transported by ambulance 2 hours away to Madison, Wi.

Upon arrival, her diagnosis was confirmed and was admitted to Meriter hospital. Due to the nature of pre-eclampsia, the doctors could not let her travel back to Connecticut, where her and my brother currently live, in fear of needing to do an emergency C-section. Instead, they confined her to the hospital room with constant monitoring.

The plan, if everything stayed stable, was to have her stay in the hospital for 8 weeks, and induce labor at 34 weeks. However, the blood flow and nutrition to the baby worsened within the first two weeks, and for the safety of mom and baby they had to do a C-section at 27 weeks and 6 days into the pregnancy.

The C-section went well, and at 10:10am on June 9th, 2019, they welcomed my favorite niece, Nora. Nora was born just over 12 weeks early. She was only 12 inches long and weighed a mere 1 pound, 11 ounces.

Due to her lack of time in the womb to develop, Nora has been admitted to the NICU with an expected stay of 6-8weeks, barring any complications.

Physically, and emotionally, this has been exhausting for my brother and sister-in-law.. and far from the ideal birth plan they had in mind.

As you all know, with extensive medical care comes extensive medical bills. From the $3500 ambulance bill, to all of the hospital in-patient bills, and the yet to come NICU bills, they are already over their heads. On top of this, they have the weekly airline tickets and car rentals for my brother to get back and forth between Connecticut and Wisconsin for work, and to be with his family.

On behalf of my brother and sister-in-law, I am asking for any financial assistance that can be provided. Anything helps! We greatly appreciate and thank you for the generosity in advance!


Ben Knake

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Nora’s Surgery Date

Quick update: Nora is scheduled to have heart surgery this Friday, 9/20. It will be an open heart procedure requiring cardiac bypass. All of this to get the clot out of Nora’s heart.

They will be moving down a couple floors here in the children’s hospital, to the PICU, to get ready for the big day. They will meet with the surgeons, anesthesiologist, and cardiologists and to get all of the lab work and imaging studies needed.

Nora continues to be so strong, so we are hopeful for a great outcome. Please continue to send your thoughts, prayers and support their way. We will update everyone following the surgery as Nora gets to healing and recovering!

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