Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Surgery Tomorrow





We are down in Charlotte, North Carolina where Ella will be having craniofacial surgery Wednesday morning.  She will be admitted to Levine Children's Hospital at 5:30am tomorrow and she is scheduled to be in surgery from 6:45am to 10:30am.  This will be Ella's first jaw distraction surgery; it is the first step towards helping lengthen her jaw and open up her airway.  We are very nervous, yet we know she is in excellent care with Dr. Matthews and that God continues to have His hands on her.  If you have a moment we just ask that you say a prayer for our little Ella.  We are praying for the surgery to be successful, for there to be no complications, and for her pain to be controlled post-op.  Not sure how long we will be in the hospital, but definitely for several days.  Then we will be back at the Ronald McDonald house for 3-4 weeks during which we will have to turn the pins in her jaw. After that Ella will go back into the OR to get the arms of the distractor removed.  Many of you have asked for email updates so I thought it would be easier to just put updates on Ella's blog.  I will start doing that tomorrow, once she is stable.  

Thank you to all the people who have given us support and encouragement throughout these past few weeks.  Ella is so very blessed to have many real life angels around her.

Love,
Nina

A Prayer for Surgery
Heavenly Father, who created Ella in Your image and likeness. You know every fiber of her being and have willed that she be born. We ask You, Lord, to guide the minds and hands of those who will operate on her so that she may be restored to health and well-being. Help us, Lord, to pray with all our hearts and allow the burden of concern and anxiety to be lifted up with the knowledge that You are with her and her family now and always. And Lord, when she awakes from surgery, take her by Your hand and guide her through her recovery and towards a life of thanksgiving and peace. Amen

15 comments:

  1. Awww she's so cute! I didn't know about her until I saw the post in EyesApart but I'll pray and pass on the prayer request. :-)

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  2. Hi! Ella is so pretty and I can just feel her feisty personality through the pictures. I was born with Nager Syndrome as well! I remember staying at the McDonald house, great food! I'm now 22 and a happy college student, almost graduating. I'll say a little prayer for her, I know she'll be just fine.

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  3. Thoughts and prayers go out to you and your beautiful family :)

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  4. Prayer is powerful and u have mine...God bless this angel on earth amd give u the strength u need to care for her.

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  5. I dont know Ella but I can tell she is a fighter. She is also bellissima! Good luck tomorrow Ella - you and your family are in my prayers.

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  6. Dear Family,
    I pray that God give you strength tomorrow, that the Holy Spirit fills you with peace as you await to here the news of your baby. It has been a long road, but a battle definitely worth fighting. I pray the angel of hope will continue to guide you on your journey. Peace and love to you. Many blessings! Love, Lisa

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  7. Ella, you are beautiful! Good luck with the surgery, keep fighting!

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  8. Sending lots of prayers up for Ella this morning......God Bless her and her beautiful family!! Tia Albig :)

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  9. dear Nina and Eric,
    My thoughts and prayers will be with you tomorrow-
    Beautiful Ella,good luck tomorrow and always!xoxo
    love
    Pina Vozza

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  10. Oh Nina, Ella has gotten so big! She is beautiful!! I will pray for you all! Good luck tomorrow precious girl. xoxox

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  11. Thinking and praying for you Ella. Your feisty self will serve you well in the days to come. Tell your parents to get as much rest as possible. Monica

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  12. michele scalamandreApril 11, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    We are praying for you all.God is in control! I know that she will be fine!! So glad that you are at the ronald house. Hugs and kisses. The Scals

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  13. Thinking about and praying for you since the minute I woke up today. Watching the clock and waiting for an update. Sending, love, prayers, positive thoughts, and tons of hugs and kisses! Love to you all! Alison, Joe, Jake, Ben, and Grant

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  14. Praying for Ella, sending positive thoughts to Ella and her family especially to you Nina and your husband. From what I have read in your blog about Ella, she is a strong little girl and has showed everyone her strength. Many blessings and prayers to your daughter and family!
    Love, Liza Battista Amin

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  15. Bill and Sandy SheppardApril 11, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Dear Nina
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family,from your other family in Pa.may god bless this little angel.

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