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This fundraiser ended on 04/21/12

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This is the Abby's Heart Surgery Fund. The funds will be used for Abby's medical costs and related expenses not covered by insurance.

Our precious daughter Abigail was born April 3, 2009 with numerous heart conditions such as: Pulmonary Artresia, Absent Tricuspid Valve, Hypoplastic Right Ventricle, Atrial Spetal Defect, Ebstein Anomaly. She was also diagnosed with Necrotizing Enterocolitis which is basically a condition where the lining of the intestine dies due to a lack of blood supply. She also has one Horseshoe Kidney. At 6 weeks old Abby underwent her 1st Open Heart Surgery. She had numerous complications such as a paralyzed vocal cord, weak diaphragm, and pneumonia just to name a few. She had her 2nd Open Heart Surgery was when she was 6 months old. Abby has been such a fighter and recovered amazingly well even though we always knew there would be more trials to overcome in the future. A couple weeks ago she had to have a cardiac catheter because she was reaching the point that she was not getting enough oxygen. She became extremely tired and struggled breathing. There were days were she turned very blue even purple from the lack of oxygen and every day she had a tint of blue to her skin. The doctors coiled a collateral vein as a temporary measure until they could perform her next surgery. Abby has now grown beyond the capacity for her heart to provide the needed oxygen. On April 18, 2012 (right after her 3rd birthday) she will have her 3rd Open Heart Surgery. Although we have insurance, we have to meet the yearly deductible and there are certain things that are not covered by the insurance at all (like her required heart medication because it is a compounded drug). Because Abby will be in a Hospital several hundred miles away from where we live, both parents will not be working while she's in the hospital. Although we will receive some assistance by being able to stay in the Ronald McDonald house (if space is available and reserved in advance), the cost of gas and food during this time away from home will be a struggle for us as well. We also have twin 8 year old girls who will have to remain behind and in school during this time. In the past we were able to rely on family to keep the girls during the times we have had to be away, and we are praying that this will be possible again this time.
We would like to ask everyone to please keep Abby in your thoughts and prayers. Thank you for the support for our precious baby girl! And please pass this along to your friends and family, even if you are unable to help us financially. We understand what it is like to want to help others financially and not be able to do so.
All donations will go to previous medical bills and future ones and other expenses only directly related to Abby’s medical care.
We will include links on the website explaining these medical conditions for those who are interested.
Thank You Again, we truly appreciated even the smallest amounts.
Jake & Amanda
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