Donations To Help Cover Medical, Travel Expenses For Premature Baby
In Times of Need, Northeast Pennsylvania comes to the aid of its own. In our regular column, Patrice Wilding provides a platform for area residents facing a variety of obstacles to create awareness and connect them with much-needed help.
Who: Though her parents were anxious to meet her, Sophia Grace Tylutke came into the world a little sooner than they would have liked on Oct. 26. The daughter of Walter Tylutke, an electrician, and Melissa Santarsiero Tylutke, a loan operations specialist at Fidelity Bank, baby Sophia was born about four months early, weighing in at just one pound, 15 ounces, and measuring 12.75 inches long. Her mother endured a rough pregnancy from the beginning, with the Dupont resident facing extreme sickness, restricted activity and even a few trips to the hospital. The day before Sophia was born, her mom experienced severe cramping and knew something was wrong. A trip to Moses Taylor Hospital in Scranton revealed she already was dilated, but she was allowed to go back home with strict orders not to return to work. By the next morning, she was experiencing contractions every five minutes, and she returned to the hospital, where doctors discovered she was even further dilated and in pre-term labor. Though they did everything possible to delay Sophia’s birth so her lungs could develop more, she was delivered that day and then life-flighted to Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital in Danville. Sophia has been a resident of the NICU ever since, battling a collapsed lung, blood transfusions and treatments for meningitis and congential heart defects and requiring 100 percent oxygen. Her plan of care includes weening her off the oxygen when possible and increasing what she receives through her feeding tube to help her grow.
What/when/where:A GoFundMe page collects online donations for the Tylutke family, and checks payable to Melissa Tylutke can be sent to 10 Wood St., Dupont, PA 18641.
Why: Proceeds from fundraising will be used to cover Sophia’s medical bills and traveling expenses so her parents can take her to the best care possible, wherever it may be, for as long as she needs.
In her own words: “The doctors and nurses have provided excellent care for Sophia. She is making improvements every day and is definitely a fighter. Our family has deep roots within the community, so to have love and support from the community for baby Sophia would mean the world to not only us but our family and friends as well. Being able to give Sophia the care that she needs means the world to us. Sophia is our tiny miracle.” — Melissa Santarsiero Tylutke, mother
Update: Look for updates on all of the families and individuals featured In Times of Need throughout 2018 in this Sunday’s edition of Life&Times.