Help Baby Julius and His Family

Organized by: Joshua McElmurray

Joshua's Photo

EVENT DATE Sep 07, 2014

THE STORY:

On May 20th, 2014 Julius James Bakkila was born into this world at 2:56pm.  He was named after Autumns grandfather, Julius and Talvis dad, James.

Unfortunately, within 10 minutes they knew something was very wrong.

By 5pm they were told that they needed to be flown someplace for further medical support.  At 8pm the fixed wing plane and crew arrived and this was when they heard the terminology "esophageal etregea," or TE fistula repair.  By 9pm they left via plane for the U of M Children's Hospital.

Julius was born with Pneumonia.  One of his lungs collapsed within the first day, and on May 21st he had a G-tube put in, which is the feeding tube to his stomach (a backup feeding option). It released the air in his stomach, which brought his collapsed lung back.  He will have it removed on August 11th.   

On May 22nd he had a major surgery to connect his esophagus.  It was in two parts and needed to be stretched, connecting the top to the bottom with what had tried to grow. 

On May 27th was a successful dye test, which means there was no leakage around the connection site.

This is just the beginning.  He was also born with CHARGE Syndrome, which is a genetic disorder.  One of the defects he got from this is an ear abnormality.  

He will need continual check up appointments at the U of M.  Autumn and Talvi are working hard to get all of the hospital bills paid off, but they could defiantly use some help!  

I have known Autumn since I was 15 and she is my best friend.  She is the most honest, kindest, and hard-working person I know.  The wonderful community of Nisswa is rallying together to take some of the burden off of their financial situation.  

We will be holding a benefit to celebrate little Julius at Ye Olde Pickle Factory in Nisswa in September (date to be determined).  We are looking for donations and silent auction items.  

Anything you can contribute would be greatly appreciated, and your attendance will be warmly welcomed.  If you have any questions, and for donation items please contact me at (218) 838-0181.  The Bakkila family thanks you!

Erin Carlson

$830

 

17% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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  • Anne Gustafson

    $20

  • Suzie & Matt Wignall

     

  • Ellen, Scott, and Walt

    $100

  • Ray Ortiz

    $20

  • Holly Ulm

    $100

  • don olson

    $100

  • Shelly and Lou Wermter

    $100

  • Cody Stigall

     

  • molly

    $100

  • Cassie DeGeest

    $20

  • Rod and Sharon Carlson

    $100

  • Evan Fiksdal

    $100

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Organized by

Joshua McElmurray

This is a direct to organizer fundraiser.

Donor Comments

Evan Fiksdal

Evan Fiksdal

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Rod and Sharon Carlson

Rod and Sharon Carlson

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Cassie DeGeest

Cassie DeGeest

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

molly

molly

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Cody Stigall

Cody Stigall

5 years ago

Shelly and Lou Wermter

Shelly and Lou Wermter

DONATION: $100

We love you, Julius!! 5 years ago

don olson

don olson

DONATION: $100

my prayers are with you! 5 years ago

Holly Ulm

Holly Ulm

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Ray Ortiz

Ray Ortiz

DONATION: $20

5 years ago

Ellen, Scott, and Walt

Ellen, Scott, and Walt

DONATION: $100

Love that sweet boy! 5 years ago

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