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Kiera-Lynn

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Brianna  gave birth to Kiera Lynn at 27 weeks gestation.  She has multiple medical issues including Respiratory Distress, Pulmonary Haemorrhage, Hydroecephalus, Hypertension, Metabolic acidosis, Meningitis, and Hyperbili Bubinemia. Kiera’s prognosis was guarded in the first month and parents had a number of difficult conversations with neonatology regarding her prognosis. 

 

Because of  her extreme prematurity and medical complications, Kiera Lynn is at an increased risk of respiratory and neurodevelopmental concerns in the future. She will require frequent follow-up with a Pediatrician for general health, growth and nutrition, and developmental progress. Kiera Lynn will be followed by the Neonatal Transitional Care Team due to their birth weight. They also qualify to be followed by the Neonatal Follow-up Clinic at the ACH based on their birth weight. This clinic will monitor their neurodevelopment in their early childhood years. Kiera will also be followed by Cardiology, Neurosurgery and Neurology at Alberta Children’s Hospital.

 

As a result of the premature birth of Brianna and Stephen have been faced with a number of unexpected financial burdens including gas and parking. They are struggling to manage the household expenses including the mortgage, utilities, gas, and groceries. A few weeks ago the couple’s vehicle broke down and they had to purchase a used vehicle. Brianna recently shared that the couple got an eviction notice for this month as they were unable to pay their rent. The couple can remain in the home they are renting if they pay their rent by the end of the month. In addition, the couple are not able to afford health benefits through Alberta Blue Cross. Stephen had taken lots of time off work to attend meetings at the hospital and due to the stress associated with having a baby  in the NICU with complex medical issues. Brianna is at the NICU as often as she can be to provide kangaroo care to Kiera. She has two other children at home ages 2 and 4. 

 

Thanks to the foundation, some temporarily financial relief has given the family time to get things in order and figure out some future plans.

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november 8, 2004 - january 22, 2006

The Sarah Faith Hogan Memorial Foundation was formed in loving memory of Sarah Faith Hogan and is dedicated to the selflessness and courage of Sarah’s grandfather and mother, Chuck and Cathy Hogan.

 

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