Sunday, December 23, 2007

An Ava update

Ava started experiencing seizures last night and the concern now is brain hemorrhaging. She is scheduled for a CT scan at 1:00. Dr. Hirsch said that if there is a little bleeding then Ava can probably handle that...but if there is significant hemorrhaging then the problem is grave. So this is Baby Ava's most important hurdle at this point. Please pray at 1:00 for Ava and her family.

On the better news side, Dr. Hirsch said that if the seizures had not started she would have been "ecstatic" today as Ava met all her goals for yesterday. One of the most significant things that I remember Heather saying is that the doctors purposely "kinked" Ava's ECMO machine to see what her body would do and she picked up the function on her own. That is good news. She even had pulsivity, which means her heart beat on its own and they could feel a pulse.

I am guessing until things settle down we won't hear from Jamie on her blog. I will try to keep you updated with Heather's permission. For now, please pray as I know you will.



Anonymous said...

Thank you for the Ava update. Her entire Howard-Ellis family is keeping her in our thoughts and prayers.

Dawn Brooks

Anonymous said...

Our prayers are flowing at 1:00 and always for sweet Ava. We really appreciate the update. Its a real struggle not knowing.
Bless you and your family.
Amy A

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update Molly. I just can't stop thinking about them and it helps to feel connected.