Josaphene Rhodes, born before she reached 25 weeks of gestation, was not expected to live past the day of her birth. The tiny girl came through the night and now is at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane.
WALLA WALLA — Josaphene Rhodes, better known as “Josie,” died Sunday at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital in Spokane.
The daughter of Kris and Dewayne Rhodes of Walla Walla was featured in a story Sunday in the Union-Bulletin.
Born more than three months premature, Josie battled for life and, for a week, was the victor.
However, the infant developed brain and abdomen bleeds on Sunday and physicians were unable to do anything, said the baby’s aunt, Jennifer Chapman, this morning.
The family decided to halt all lifesaving efforts at 4:30 p.m. and the baby was medicated against pain, Chapman noted. “So she didn’t suffer at all.”
Josie died at 5:48 p.m. in the arms of her parents.
Donations that have already been received for the baby’s medical expenses will be used for funeral costs, as well as support of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.
“We appreciate what everybody’s done. We’re thankful for all the prayers,” Chapman said on behalf of the family.
Josie is survived by her parents, sister, Ellee, and numerous grandparents, aunts and uncles.