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Help Baby Josephine after battling rare disorder
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This donation page was created to raise funds for baby Josephine Nelson who was born to a parent with a rare blood disorder. Because of this rare disorder, her parents have lost two children, spent thousands of dollars and travelled countless ... More ...

This donation page was created to raise funds for baby Josephine Nelson who was born to a parent with a rare blood disorder in which the mother's and the baby's platelets don't match. This disorder caused the loss of two previous children, expenses of thousands of dollars, and countless miles of travel back and forth to the hospital so Josephine could survive long enough in utero to be born.


Friends and family of the Nelsons know the struggles this family has been through and what a difference financial help will make. Donations will provide crucial time for Tania to be at home while Josephine's health stabilizes and for Tania and Bryan to pay off $10,000 in medical debt and address current medical costs. You will be helping this beautiful, giving family have a chance to mend, heal, and grow stronger.

February 3, 2014 was the special day when JOSEPHINE JUNE was born in Portland, Oregon to her parents, Tania and Bryan.

Known as Phina, Junebug, or Sweet Pea, Josephine is a miracle baby.

Unknown to Bryan and Tania, Tania had Neonatal Alloimmune Thrombocytopenia (NAIT). This disorder led to the tragic loss of Josephine’s sister, Evangeline, who passed away in November 2011 at 26 weeks (approx 6.5 months) in utero. Tania and Bryan were able to reach out to a community of support and learn about NAIT. Before this, Tania lost another child in a previous, shorter pregnancy. 

In 2011, Tania, originally from Canada, was on her way to see family and friends when she began to experience swelling and pain and was admitted to ICU in Edmonton, Alberta. When Bryan heard the news of Tania's condition, he immediately drove 15 hours from Longview, Washington to Edmonton. While driving through the Rocky Mountains, he was hit by a man who lost control of his car on the icy mountain roads. Bryan's car was written off and his eye was severely damaged. Bryan was treated in a Jasper hospital. Evangeline passed away before he arrived to Edmonton but together Tania and Bryan were able to hold Evangeline when Tania delivered her stillborn two days later.

To avoid this tragedy happening again and to realize their dreams of having a child, Tania and Bryan underwent intensive 24 hour treatments each weekend for sixth months of the pregnancy in Portland, a couple hours from their home. Josephine was born successfully by C-section at 35 weeks.

When Phina was born she had 13,000 platelets. A typical baby is born with 200,000 platelets. The doctors gave her emergency blood transfusions through her belly button. The platelets were flown in especially for Josephine from California.

Josephine's blood platelet count has gone from 13,000 to 118,000 but it will go up and down until she stabilizes. Doctors are paying close attention to additional signs such as bruising that may indicate internal bleeding.

Phina was released from hospital on February 16. Before leaving the hospital, the nurse informed Tania and Bryan that Josephine has a small bleed in her head. The family will be working closely with their pediatrician on this and would welcome your positive thoughts and prayers.

Mom and Baby Josephine

If you are wondering how to help this beautiful family, who have experienced considerable challenges in bringing this baby to birth, please consider contributing financially or by sharing this campaign with your contacts.

Bryan and Tania are working to pay off a $10,000 debt incurred during the pregnancy plus incoming medical bills.

We are lucky in Canada to have a year’s paid maternity leave. It is a different system in the States. Due to Tania’s amount of time at her job, she is guaranteed only 2 weeks paid maternity. Through the generosity of her colleagues who donated their own holidays and banked hours, Tania now has 6 weeks of paid leave and is scheduled to go back to work mid-March. Additional funds will support Tania to have even more time at home with Josephine. 

This is truly a situation of helping good people in their time of need. Tania and Bryan have always been there to help others and in this situation we would like to help them. We are so grateful for the network of love surrounding Tania, Bryan and Josephine Nelson. 


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