HANSEN — A baby delivered 16 weeks prematurely last month in Twin Falls is battling medical complications.
Born weighing 1 pound, 1 ounce March 13 at St. Luke’s Magic Valley Medical Center, Rainna Crabb is now three weeks old. She has a hole in her heart, and her kidneys aren’t functioning properly.
Doctors gave Rainna medication to try to close the hole, her aunt Kindra Perez said Wednesday. After taking two of three doses, “her kidney stopped working because of the medication.”
Despite the obstacles, Perez said the baby is “doing OK.”
Doctors are letting Rainna try to gain strength, she said, and it’s too early to tell if the baby will need to undergo surgery.
Rainna’s mother, Hansen resident Samantha Crabb, thought everything was on track last month with her pregnancy. Just a couple of days after a checkup, she went to the hospital with stomach pain and ended up going into labor at 24 weeks.
Tiny Rainna now weighs 1 pound, 4 ounces — up just three ounces from her birth weight.
She remains at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital Newborn Intensive Care Unit in Boise, where she’ll stay at least until her original due date of July 2.
Rainna’s parents haven’t left the hospital in three weeks except to get food nearby, Perez said. Rainna is their first child.
One positive development: Rainna has been able to cuddle with her parents. “Mom and Dad have gotten to hold her already,” Perez said.
Perez is still raising money to help the couple with medical expenses and to allow them to continue to stay in Boise with their daughter.
So far, she has raised $850 toward a $3,000 goal.
There was also a great turnout at a pig roast dinner, auction and raffle Saturday at Kimberly City Park, Perez said.
She said the family is thankful for the community support they’ve received.