Jozlynn's medical expenses
Organized by: Articia Martin
It's been a month since that one phone call, that one day changed our lives forever. How our world came crashing down and we almost lost our almost 10 month old baby girl. November 17th was a normal day, Steve got up for work around 5:00 am as always and Jozzy and I laid in bed and cuddled a little bit like we always did. Everything was going as it always did, got us both ready to go and we headed over to the sitters house. Around 7:45 am would be the last time I'd see my baby girl healthy, happy and normal. Steve calls me at work around 4:30 and says Jozzy's being rushed to the hospital via ambulance for possible seizer. I pack up and run out. Takes us a good 30/45 minutes to get there and we find out our daughter had suffered severe head trauma and was stabilized and being air lifted to the nearest children's hospital/trauma center. We were not allowed to see her or go with her. We get to UMC here in Tucson and find out she will be having emergency surgery to remove bleeding in the brain as well as a clot. Our baby was given 2 blood transfusions and thankfully her surgery was a success. We found out she also had pooling of blood in her eyes due to being shaken. We find out a day later this was all intentionally done to our baby by our sitter, our trusted friend since junior high. She admitted to shaking her violently several times out of anger because Jozzy wouldn't eat for her. Jozzy was released on Thanksgiving Day and that will always be the best Thanksgiving we will ever have. I did have to take an unpaid leave of absence from work to be here for Jozzy's recovery. That in itself has caused a huge financial strain on our family. We are a blended family with 6 kids total, 4 of which are still in school. Obviously a 2 income home trying to keep afloat as it is. We have had some medical claims get rejected from our insurance already and with things that came up throughout the year we never finically recovered before this happened. We will have a busy January with several follow up appointments weekly, that first week an appointment 4 out of the 5 week days and some days with 2 appointments. As I sit here rocking her still, (she's been asleep at least an hour now) I just can't get it out of my head. Standing there looking at her after her surgery. Seeing her for the first time in over 12 hours. Not being able to hold her or hug her and tell her she was ok. That mommy and daddy were here and she was ok and safe. That no one could hurt her like that ever again. Not being able to see her beautiful eyes for about 4/5 days. Watching as the nurses came in almost every single hour to give her more pain meds and to keep her sedated because she was fighting the meds and trying so hard to come out of it. Seeing the kids and our family come in and completely lose it because it was so hard to see her this way. As I said before this little tiny now 11 month old is my strength and my hero. God held her hand when we couldn't and pushed her to keep fighting no matter what. I just pray her eye gets healed and this is the last of her surgeries. I pray she won't be tormented by anymore nightmares and flashbacks and she will go on to live a happy, healthy full life. She will not know what happened, I won't tell her, all I want her to know is she's so unbelievably strong and she can do anything. She had surgery on her head and now she's ok. We thank you all so much for all the love, support and donations. Next month will be a little difficult but we'll get through it just like we have been. Thank you so much for reading about our beautiful angel Jozlynn Camille. Best wishes and God bless, Steve, Articia, Jacob, Cora, Makaila, Tomas, Robert and of course Jozzy.