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This is a hard story to tell and even harder to ask for help. We, Michael and Angela are asking for help with expenses that have accord since our 7 week old baby passed away on March 4, 2014. We have bills coming in now that we are unable to ...

This is a hard story to tell and even harder to ask for help. We, Michael and Angela are asking for help with expenses that have accord since our 7 week old baby passed away on March 4, 2014. We have bills coming in now that we are unable to pay, such as our rent and our car payment and we are afraid we are about to lose both. 

I was told that I was unable to have children, but was then blessed with Michael Jr. I was watched very carefully during my pregnancy and was considered a high risk. MJ was diagnosed with Kidney Disease when I was 7 months pregnant. After all that we were blessed with the birth of our son Michael Jr, on January 9, 2014. He weighed 5lbs   7 ounces and was 17 1/4 inches long, and because of all the complications, I was not allowed to keep him in the room with me. Then, less than 24 hours after, MJ was sent to another hospital in a different state because of his Kidney Disease and also because they could not keep his oxygen levels up. 2 weeks later we were finally able to bring our son home. 

He was watched very closely while he was at home. He was visited by a nurse every week and had to see his Pediatrician once a week as well. They kept a close eye on his kidney levels by doing blood work on him every week. He was doing well but because of his kidney disease they thought he might need to go on dialysis when he was 20lbs. During all this, Michael, MJ's father was diagnosed with a blood clot in his leg and was unable to work. 

Fast forward to the early morning of March 4, 2014. We woke up because it was time for MJ's feeding and when we went to get him out of his crib; his color looked greyish, but still felt warm to our touch. We realized he wasn't breathing. Micheal did CPR on him until the paramedics arrived. He continued doing CPR even after the paramedics got there. They finally brought him to the ambulance, after what seem like forever and brought him to our local hospital. We weren't allowed to leave with MJ because the police had come to investigate the situation because an infant was involved. We finally left 5 minutes later to make our way to the hospital to see our baby. Once we arrived to the hospital, they brought us to a back room, During this time, Michael broke down and had to be put in a hospital bed because they were also worried about the blood clot in his leg. As you can imagine, it was an extremely emotional time. It was an hour an a half before we were notified that our baby was gone. We were finally able to go in and see him. So, we sat with our son, our family and the labor delivery nurse that was there the day of MJ's birth. The priest came in and Baptist him and gave him his last rites all at the same time. We stayed with him until the funeral parlor came and picked him up. 

We went and stayed with family that night and nights after because we could not handle going back into our home without MJ with us. Since that day, MJ was cremated and we had a memorial service for him. We have finally moved back to our home, although it was one of the hardest things we have ever had to do. We don't want to leave our home because the few memories we have with our son are in that home. We also can still smell his baby smell everywhere.

Our whole world has changed. We are taking it one day at a time and trying to be strong for each other. Michael has just recently gone back to work, but only for 2 days because the restaurant he is working at is slow right now. We will not receive a paycheck for a couple weeks and then that isn't even going to meet one of our bills. As much as we didn't want to ask for help, we have to. We are not going to be able to make it at this point. So, please help us keep our home, pay for MJ's cremation and his headstone for the Cemetary.  

Thank you in advance. 

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