Lane and Courtney Pearson surround their micro-preemie, Braxton Wade, in the neonatal intensive care unit at Kadlec Medical Center.
As of Monday, August 6, 2018
A Grandview coffee stand is hosting a fundraiser this Sunday to support a new family.
Newborn Braxton Wade Pearson was born June 15 via c-section at 23 weeks, 5 days gestation. That means he is a micro-preemie and in need of neonatal intensive care.
Stir Crazy, 915 N. Fourth St., is raising money to assist with the medical bills.
His parents, Lane and Courtney Pearson of Prosser, have had to spend their time at their newborn son’s side at Kadlec Medical Center in Richland.
Braxton weighed just 1 lb., 5.9 ozs. at birth and has survived 36 days.
“Braxton was born with all the odds against him, but he is a fighter, and he’s not giving up,” Courtney said.
There have been complications since the newborn’s arrival.
He’s suffered low blood pressure, a collapsed lung, anemia, undergone blood and platelet transfusions, had unstable blood sugars, a heart murmur and a grade 3 brain bleed with swelling. He has also had a blood infection and E-coli growth in his blood, as well as seizures, Courtney said.
Today, he is cleared of all infections and is no longer having seizures. His blood sugars and pressure are stable.
“He was taken off his breathing tube and is now on a non-invasive Cpap Niv,” Courtney said.
The wee one is also gaining weight and showing signs of alertness.
“He’s a very active boy, who loves to be on his tummy,” Courtney said.
In the meantime, medical costs are building for the Pearsons, who have been married since June 18, 2016.
Lane was born and raised in Prosser. He is a Horse Heaven Hills wheat farmer.
Courtney moved to Prosser in 2009 and is a barista at Stir Crazy.
Her employers, April and Leo Burris, wanting to help the young family, are hosting “Pouring for the Pearsons” from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
Proceeds from sales during that time will be donated to the family.
Throughout the fundraiser there is also a raffle for several donated items from various businesses and community items.