Help Baby Julius and His Family
Organized by: Joshua McElmurray
EVENT DATE Sep 07, 2014
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!