Thousands raised for Campbell Co. baby's special treatment

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (WATE) - Many WATE 6 On Your Side viewers responded after our story about baby Lorelei, from Campbell County. She was born with traumatic brain injury. Her mom, Brandy Nelson, was hoping to raise enough money to pay for hyperbaric oxygen therapy to help her daughter sit up one day, and maybe swallow on her own.

After her story aired, more than $10,000 came in through Lorelei's GoFundMe page.

Wednesday, we're adding more to that total, thanks to a $1,000 check from a WATE 6 On Your Side viewer who wants to remain anonymous. 

The man who donated the $1,000 check is 70 years old. He has stage four cancer, and when he saw the original story about Lorelei, he was holding his 8-month-old great-granddaughter. He told us by phone he just had to do something.

Lorelei is now almost 10 months old and is doing much better after giving her mom a real scare last week.

"She stopped breathing completely," Brandy told us. "I picked her up, and she was blue all over and very, very limp. So we laid her on the floor, started CPR and called 911."

Lorelei and her mother spent the night at East Tennessee Children's Hospital, and when the baby showed everyone what a fighter she is, she not only got to go home, the hospital sent a beautiful Christmas tree with her.

"The tree is called the Tiny Tree and they give them out to patients at the hospital and then we get to come home with them," Brandy said. "I was pleasantly surprised by that."

But Brandy is blown away by the generosity of so many of you.

When we first told you about her efforts to raise enough money for hyperbaric oxygen treatment in Ohio, thousands of dollars started coming in.

"Honestly, we have enough to do two and a half treatments " Brandy said with a smile. "I'm just amazed by it. I can't put into words. I wasn't watching the GoFundMe that night it aired. Her nurse called me and said 'you need to go look at this, I mean, you're there.'"

So Brandy had no idea I had a little surprise up my sleeve today, thanks to a generous WATE 6 On Your Side viewer who wants to remain anonymous.

We handed Brandy a Christmas card containing the $1,000, along with a special message:

"Pay it forward someday. Love is all that matters."

Brandy reminded us there are no coincidences in life. The shirt her baby was wearing when she opened the card read, "Love will Light the Way."
Our thanks here at WATE 6 On Your Side go  to this generous man and the others who took time to donate for Lorelei's treatments. We will keep you updated.

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