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Gabrielle Update


Gabrielle is home!! She came home Wednesday with her father and both are doing well. She was deprived of some oxygen during birth and was having seizures for a little while. An MRI showed that there is some brain damage to her lower brain, but they will not know the extent of the damage until she begins to develop. There are high hopes that a newborn's brain can heal itself pretty well and any damage will be minimal. But the good news is that daddy and daughter are finally home together. Here are some pictures of the beautiful girl.

I cannot send out enough thank you's to everyone out there that has donated money or formula/diaper checks to the Jewelyn Okamoto Memorial Foundation. The outpouring of support has been nothing short of amazing. All money raised for the foundation is going directly to Phil and Gabriella to offset some of their expenses. Jewelyn did not have life insurance and Phil will most likely have to take some extended leave from his job as a high school teacher to get used to his new daughter. We are also receiving hundreds of cards and letters that are being passed to Phil. He is very grateful and amazed at all the support he's received.

If you still want to send something here is the information:

To mail donations (checks can be made out to The Jewelyn Okamoto Memorial Fund), formula checks, diaper coupons, or gift cards, send to:

The Jewelyn Okamoto Memorial Fund
P.O. Box 235971
Encinitas, CA 92023-5971

To send packages (FedEx, UPS, etc.), mail to:

Brandi Futrell
c/o The Jewelyn Okamoto Memorial Fund
14928 S. Maple Avenue
Gardena, CA 90248

To contribute via PayPal, that email address is 4jewelyn@gmail.com.

And as always thank you most of all for keeping this family in your prayers and thoughts. The next few months and years will bring some hard challenges for both Phil and Gabriella. We are working to set up a blog that will have more updates and information so you can follow their story. I'll post the link as soon as its up and running. 





I'm so very glad she's home.
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