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For 5 of my 6 years at Radio One Detroit I have had the opportunity to produce our St. Jude Radiothon on AM 1200 WCHB but this year in particular the game changed for me.

In September 2015, my Cabbage Patch, our miracle baby, my goddaughter Lae’Shah was born. According to doctors she should not even be here because her mother was told over 7 years ago she could not have kids. Beating all odds off the bat, from extended hospital stays from Mommie and baby Lae’Shah are here and still standing…Read more about Lae’Shah’s story…

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At 4 months she ended up sick in the hospital, but luckily there would not be a blood transfusion this day but she’s already had two. Lae’Shah was born with Sickle Cell, despite the fever and the pain it’s all smiles from this baby

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On her 3rd visit to the hospital, at 6 months, all hell broke loose.

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The hospital gave her a bad IV (I.V. infiltration) causing her 3rd degree burns on her arm, burning from the inside out, further triggering fevers, colds, and the like worsening her Sickle Cell conditions and I’m sure you can imagine causing extreme pain.

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She loves to sing, play with Violet (her pet bear, pictured below), and is overall a happy baby with a beautiful spirit.

 Already she is a fighter

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She turned 7 months old in the hospital.

 

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The full impact she hasn’t felt yet but as her parent, I’m constantly fearful of being helpless to help my baby–Latasha, Lae’Shah’s mother

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Now at 18 months, Lae’Shah has been hospitalized 8 times, including her most recent release being yesterday for having a fever over 101. For the average parent you would give your child Motrin or Tylenol and call it a night. However when you have an infant with Sickle Cell whether from a common cold or not anytime there temperature rises they must be admitted to the hospital.

 

Through it all she smiles but there are so many days I’ve seen her cry

We have a long path ahead and I am thankful that we have not yet had to depend on St. Jude’s for care but knowing that there is help if and when is needed means more to me than this story could ever tell.

Image may contain: 1 personThere are so may other children who have not been as fortunate and this is why we need you!

St. Jude has one of the LARGEST pediatric Sickle Cell programs in the country.

You can find out more about their program here

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