Laura and John contacted Just Heart in August regarding the crisis surrounding their newborn son, Joshua.  Joshua was born four weeks early in June of 2013.  At birth, it was noted that he had bilateral club feet and contractures of the fingers.  After struggling to get Joshua to feed the first night, the doctors realized that he had a cleft palate and immediately placed him in the NICU. After two weeks, he was sent to Scottish Rite in Atlanta. It was there that doctors discovered that Joseph's difficulties stemmed from much more. His feeding issues were a result of Pierre Robin's Sequence (recessed chin), Micognathia (small jaw), and the cleft palate. Joshua underwent a procedure to address some of the issues in order for him to feed. He will face a lifetime of issues and surgeries, but will be able to go home once the feeding problem is resolved.  Laura and John immediately started feeling the financial impact of this ordeal. They both work for an event planning company.  Laura had planned to take an eight week leave for the birth. Together, she and John saved enough to make it through those eight weeks.  Now faced with major surgeries, recovery time, physical therapy, and speech therapy, Laura says, "we're falling behind." Their lease is up in October and they are trying to find something less expensive. The Macy and Julian Allard Family Fund has provided them with a grant that will pay their rent for roughly six months. They are humbled and grateful. They plan on taking advantage of the amazing opportunity to get back on track. Check back for updates on this wonderful family.

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AuthorFaith Winters