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I AM HURTING INSIDE: Please pray for me and my babies!

Shea and T.J. Lawrence

Their NICU Story

"Today, all my emotions caught up to me as soon as I looked at my Isabella in her NICU bed, still hooked up to all the wires, still hooked up to her feeding tube. Please pray for me and my babies. I am hurting inside."

Those haunting words should touch the soul of anyone who hears Shea Lawrence, mother of Isabella (2 lbs. 5 oz.) and Rose (3 lbs. 7 oz.) born on May 22, 2022 at Kapi'olani Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, as she struggles with a mixture of tears, heartbreak, and anger - mostly heartbreak - because Isabella is still not strong enough to leave the hospital, though she's already 3 months old.

Husband T.J. said, "There are days it gets hard and all you really want to do is pray," telling Caiden's Hope Foundation founder Wayne Keller of his struggles to keep pushing through. He called it "two steps forward, one step back," knowing full well that every step, every minute counts when your tiny infants are struggling to hold onto each and every breath in a hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) on another Hawaiian island far from home.

When Rose and Shea were discharged from the hospital in early August, what was already hard became almost a financial impossibility. To see Isabella, they both must fly from island to island. "It's hard leaving Rose at home," Shea cried. "It's too much stress on her taking her flying to another island to see her sister. Either way it's a hopeless situation."

 

Thanks to the generous compassion of those who open their hearts to helping families in need by donating, Caiden's Hope Foundation is making a difference in the lives of parents whose only concern should be taking care of their premature infant.

 

Caiden's Hope Foundation assisted the Lawrence family with gift cards for miscellaneous needs and air travel between the islands. We pray along with them for God's healing for both twins and going home for the whole family. 

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