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Updated: 08/02/2014 08:00:01AM

Fundraiser for Fales baby set for Saturday

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY THOMAS SIMMONS

Steven and Jamie Fales provide near “round the clock” care for baby SJ (Stephen James Fales). The Faleses have CPR certification to qualify them to monitor SJ’s breathing and his ventilator. With escalating medical bills for SJ’s fight, Jamie has turned to the DeSoto community for help. The Arcadia All Florida Saddle Club has taken up the cause and will sponsor a fund raiser at their arena on Saturday, beginning at 5 pm. “We can take care of him, but we need help with these expenses,” Jamie said.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY THOMAS SIMMONS

Jamie Edson-Fales and her son SJ (Stephen James) share a tender moment of bonding. Jamie (along with family and friends) is giving constant monitoring, love and care to help ease the effects of SJ’s sometimes painful physical condition. The baby suffers from ventricular septal defect (affecting his heart) and tachypnea (affecting his breathing).

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY THOMAS SIMMONS

Stephen James Fales is an adorable infant boy, born prematurely on April 28, 2014. He suffers from several physical defects, but has an irresistible personality. SJ fights bravely to overcome the effects of his birth disorders.

By THOMAS SIMMONS

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It wasn’t time for the baby to be born. But then, babies have a mind of their own. For Jamie Fales, the personal reality of a premature birth hit her. It was April 28, 2014. With husband Steven in tow, the couple had hurriedly entered the hospital, soon to give birth to their son.

At 5 pounds 12 ounces, Stephen James Fales left his mother’s body and entered his new environment. Daddy Steven and Mommy Jamie rejoiced over the birth. Everything seemed normal. Then ... two minutes after birth, the baby stopped breathing normally. It was seven and a half minutes before breathing resumed. The parents were in anguish as they faced the prospect that their son might not live.

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