Rebecca Ava Rabinowitz
Our daughter Rebecca was born four weeks early on July 13, 2006. We loved her from the moment of birth and savored every hour with her. She was released from the NICU five days later, supposedly as a healthy baby girl. The next day, Rebecca was severely congested with thick mucus, continuing her slow feedings, and had difficulty breathing. We took her to the pediatrician and the hospital emergency room during each of the following days we had her. Doctors diagnosed her symptoms as a common cold, and she was repeatedly sent home. Unfortunately, Rebecca passed away on the morning of July 21. We later found out that she had contracted an enteroviral infection that can be lifethreatening in babies. Had her symptoms been treated, she may still be here today. As a result of this tragedy with Rebecca, we created the R Baby Foundation. This charity is dedicated to helping newborn babies, primarily those less than a month old suffering from viral infections and other infectious diseases, receive the highest quality of care and service through supporting education, research, training and life-saving equipment.
We work with the top professionals in the medical community to provide them with the resources they need to improve the health of all our newborn babies. By reaching out to current and future parents and grandparents and by raising funds to create this foundation, we hope other families won't:
- have to ask why this had to happen;
- feel the pain of losing a child; and
- experience the anger associated with their baby
not getting his or her chance to live.
We also intend to provide support to families who, like us, have lost an infant, and will join with other like-minded organizations as part of a global network that provides not only healing – but also hope – by actively raising visibility and funds. We will do all that we can to improve the chances that infants will be properly diagnosed, treated and saved through enhanced pediatric care services.
We are already humbled by the outpouring of support we have received from many people and organizations offering their help to make this all happen. We thank both they who have already supported R Baby and those who are considering joining our mission.
Our goal is to save as many babies’ lives as possible.
— Phyllis & Andrew Rabinowitz
R Baby Foundation was established in 2006 to organize and fund efforts to improve the outcomes of medical care for infants, particularly those who contract certain viral infections within the first month of life. The R Baby Foundation is dedicated to helping newborn babies with often-misunderstood viral infections and other infectious diseases receive the highest quality of care and service through supporting education, research, treatment, training and life-saving equipment. R Baby is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization.