Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Hannah’s Open Heart Surgery Update

On December 22nd my eight year old daughter Hannah (Sweet Pea) had a very successful open heart surgery, and she was released from the hospital on Christmas day. The surgery took about three and a half hours and Hannah was on a heart-lung bypass machine for twenty seven minutes. Her sternum was wired and she received three layers of stitches to close the incision. She had a chest tube (to drain the blood around her heart) and three IVs.
    I would like to thank everyone who prayed for Hannah, because God guided the surgeon’s hands and blessed Hannah with a proficient procedure. Her pain was well managed and she is recovering very well. I have nothing but good things to say about the hospital, the surgeon and the nursing staff at Riley Hospital for children (Indianapolis). I was truly impressed with the medical professionalism and the compassionate care that they provided. Hannah and I are now on a mission to write a book about her open heart surgery experience. I would also like to thank everyone who cared enough to help us with their financial gifts. Because of your generosity I have been about to get a handle on my bills and was able to provide Hannah with some Christmas gifts.
    Now my biggest priority is to get a car (or any automobile) so that I am not forced to get Hannah out in the winter weather. Because we do not have a car we have to walk everywhere that we need to go (the grocery store, doctor’s appointments, etc.). Plus, Hannah has asthma so walking with her in the cold winter conditions is not very safe or healthy. The transmission wen out of my car well over a year ago and we have been walking ever since, so we are desperately trying to raise enough money to buy an automobile.

    Please help us by sharing our Go-Fund-Me link: https://www.gofundme.com/Hannahspain

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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Hannah's open heart surgery is in two days. We leave tomorrow for the preoperative visit, we will spend the night in Indianapolis and her surgery will be on December 22nd.

Even though Hannah (my Sweet Pea) remains calm and strong, this is a very dark hour for my family. I feel like Abraham must of felt like when God told him to take his son to the mountain and sacrifice him. I know that this surgery must be done to protect Hannah's life. However it is extremely difficult for me to deliver her to a life threatening situation.

I desperately plead with everyone who reads this (no matter your religious belief) to pray for my daughter and my family. Please pray that God works through the surgeons hands, helping him repair Hannah's heart, and that God protects Hannah's life and blesses our family with peace and faith.

We would like to thank everyone for your help and prayers, and would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!

Hannah's Go Fund Me Page: https://www.gofundme.com/Hannahspain

Saturday, December 10, 2016

An Update On Hannah's Open Heart Surgery

I wanted to update everyone about Hannah’s open heart surgery. We were forced to reschedule her procedure because Hannah was required to have some dental work completed before she could be cleared to have her surgery. Now that we have accomplished the dental work (bother extractions and fillings) we were able to reschedule her open heart surgery for December 22nd.

The surgery itself will take a few (two to four) hours. Then Hannah will be in the Intensive Care Unit for one to two days, and her total hospital stay will be four to five days. Hannah will spend most of her Christmas break at the hospital and recovering at home. She will be able to return to school within two to four weeks after her surgery, but she will have activity restrictions including not being able to lift more than five pounds for six to eight months after her surgery. Her complete recovery could take up to one full year for her to be 100% back to her normal self.

Thank you (so much) to everyone; for your generous donations, your emotional support, and most of all your prayers.

Please continue to share Hannah’s links:
Hannah’s Go Fund Me page: https://www.gofundme.com/Hannahspain