Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Hope is out of surgery

Hope has had a very eventful day. She had her first ride on a plane and her first surgery!!

Her surgery went well, says the surgeon. He also said that she was one of the tiniest babies he has worked on, but she is a fighter. She is stable for now, but definitely not out of the woods. They removed the necrotic portion of the bowel and have connected a colostomy temporarily. We are not sure how long she will be at Riley, could be anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks. Time will tell. When she is released from Riley they will fly her back to South Bend. She will continue to have the colostomy until she gains more weight, but I'm not exactly sure how much. When it is time for the colostomy to be removed she will be flown back to Riley to have that procedure done.

We have so many things to be thankful for today. We are thankful for safe travels for Hope, and the rest of the family, for the incredible transfer team, for the surgeon and his precision, and for every single prayer and warm thought. We also wanted to thank the Durham's for swinging through and spending some time us the family.

We appreciate everyone's support so much, but don't stop now. Hope has a long road ahead of her, but we know she's a fighter and, personally, I look forward to introducing her to all of you!!!

In other news: I just finished my last final for the semester. Thank goodness those are done.


  1. Emily,
    Remember that "Joy to the World" we used to play together this time of the year? I was playing it today and thinking of you and Hope and temporarily renamed it, "Hope to the World."

  2. Hey Guys,
    My family has yours in our prayers! We anxiously await any news about Hope's progress. It sounds like she has a good set of doctors taking care of her needs. We cant wait for her to be well enough to make the voyage up to Michigan so we can see her!

  3. 'Grats on those finals! Now go kiss that baby for me!!!!

  4. Emily and Family,
    I'm truly a believer in GOD and how He works.
    He doesn't put no more on us than we can bare. He has big plans for Hope and her future. I'll continue to keep Hope in my thoughts and prayers.

    Please keep believing that nothing is impossible for God no matter what the situation is.