The guys at Pundit Review are working hard on this case - contributing time, money, and effort. Soldiers' Angels are helping too.
There were two stories about SPC Selena Lassien in the Boston Herald today. First, this one for background:
Fellow vets reach out to mother in need
By Peter Gelzinis
Boston Herald Columnist
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Things, you see, didn’t start to get crazy for Selena Lassien until after she completed nine months in Baghdad as an intelligence analyst with her National Guard outfit.
returned to the tiny hamlet of Vinton, La., last September, just in
time to be ordered out of her family’s home about a day before
Hurricane Rita tore the place up.
the storms had passed, Selena Lassien and her boyfriend, Darrell Bias
Jr., gleefully embraced the news that they were to become parents.
Then, in the first few weeks of Selena’s pregnancy came a car accident,
which confined her to bed for several weeks.
June, life had settled down to the point where this 26-year-old
self-described “country girl” decided to make her first journey north
to attend a cousin’s high school graduation party in Jamaica Plain.
two hours before flying home to Louisiana, Selena Lassien knew
something wasn’t right. She contacted her pediatrician at home in Lake
Charles to say she was sure she was having complications, barely five
months into her pregnancy.
told me to relax,” Selena recalled yesterday, “and that we’d check
things as soon as I got back. But I just knew something wasn’t right.”
her daughter, who was then not quite 20 weeks old, was in a
life-threatening hurry to be born. And after another four weeks in a
special bed at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, tiny Kameryn Bias was born.
She was soon transferred to Children’s Hospital, where surgeons dealt
with the intricate complexities of this fragile but determined life.
Selena Lassien is
destined to spend the first few months of her motherhood cradling a
daughter tethered to state-of-the-art tubes and monitors.
know, I long to be back home,” she said, as she stood outside the ICU,
“but I know I’m very lucky to have had Kameryn here. People have been
so wonderful to me, so wonderful. I’m a country girl from the South who
never would have expected such warmth and such kindness.”
We won't know how long SPC Lassien will have to stay in Boston. Her daughter, Kameryn, at 6 weeks, weighs just 2 pounds and has undergone
surgery on her heart and intestines. We're trying to get people to reach out and help this "country girl for the South."
You can help too. Donations can be made to Soldiers’ Angels, Care of SPC Selena Lassien, 1150 N. Loop 1604 W., Suite 108-493, San Antonio, TX 78248, (615) 676-0239.