Posted (The West's) in All Posts on August-20-2007

Today was a big day for Ella. Thank God for the successful surgery. Dr. Kays and his staff are truly amazing – – thanks be to God for their talent and passion for this high-risk birth defect.

For those of you that are not familiar with this condition, Ella still has weeks in the NICU to fight for her life.

When we spoke to Dr. Kays this evening, he reiterated how sick little sweet Ella is…she is most definitely in the severe category for this defect and although today was a success, we are not even close to being out of the woods.

Right now, we need prayer for her stats over the next couple of days. Dr. Kays wants to see her stabilize and for her fluids to remain low (if her fluids get to be too high, it puts increased pressure in her abdominal cavity).

Also, her liver was very swollen from its prior location in the chest. If her abdomen gets too tight from too much fluid or too much swelling, it can lead to organ failure.

In Colorado, we have several 14ers (mountains that are 14,000+ feet in elevation). Sport enthusiasts like to make it a goal to climb all the 14ers.

We feel like we have climbed only a some of the 14ers – – birth, going on ECMO, adding a PICC line, getting off ECMO and a successful repair surgery. But if you look at the list of 14ers, we have a lot more mountains to climb.

Thanks again for your support and prayers. Please continue to pray for Ella – – that she may grow strong and recover well from her surgery over the next couple of days. God bless.

Heidi Ham on August 20th, 2007 at 2:34 pm #

Continued prayer – yes indeed. Lord heal this beautiful little girl. Help her to grow strong and that her organ’s and healing are perfect in Your will. Please comfort Josh, Tina and Ella as they climb all of the different mountains and reach the top successfully through your strength.

Christina DuHart on August 20th, 2007 at 2:41 pm #

We too will continue to pray for Baby Ella. I live here in the land of 14ers and I’ve never even climed one. That already makes Ella stronger than me. You go sweet baby. Stay Strong and get better.
Lots of Love to the Three of you.

Kelli Billman on August 20th, 2007 at 2:49 pm #

Thanks be to God for a successful surgery. Continued prayer for a strong recovery and strength for mom and dad in the coming weeks.
By the way Ella…scars are SO cool!

Joel Snyder on August 20th, 2007 at 2:52 pm #

Tina and Josh, Thanks for the update. And now I will continue my prayers for Ella to make the same steady progress although slow sometimes. I am so thankful for you and Dr. Kays and staff. Rest well my granddaughter you had a good day… Love, Grandpa

Joan Odell on August 20th, 2007 at 3:08 pm #

Many steps on this special journey so hold fast and know we all take them with you in thought and prayer. SHe loooks beautiful and He is always holding her – Get some rest for yourselves so you refreshed for another day – our prayers continue and we send many hugs – Lord Bless – Steve and Joan

Eusey Family on August 20th, 2007 at 3:55 pm #

We just want to reach through the computer and give our Sweet Ella a kiss. She is simply beautiful and inspiring. Sweet Ella is going to climb mountains, one small hill at a time!
Go Ella, Go God!

We love you!

Rick, Shannon, Megan, Richard, Claire, and Ryan

Kristen on August 20th, 2007 at 4:03 pm #

Lord Jesus, please heal this child, from the inside out. You are the God of miracles. . . and she is! Praise you! Bless her with supernatural healing and peace!

The Brittain Family on August 20th, 2007 at 5:01 pm #

We keep praying for you that God will give you strength and hope for the weeks ahead. We are thankful for this surgery being in the past but know that recovery can be the longest road….know that you will get there! May He hold you each step of the way. How do you eat an elephant??? One bite at a time : ) We praise God for bringing you this far!!! We cry with you for little Ella’s scars and the trial she must face yet even so, rejoice, knowing that she rests in the hands of God. Trusting and asking Him for her healing!

Cathie Firestone on August 20th, 2007 at 5:40 pm #

Yea Ella! Yea GOD!! Tina and Josh…just think…she’ll have the coolest “show and tell” in kindergarten with her scar! Actually, you’ll be amazed at how it will fade over the years…we have a hard time finding Luke’s! Get some rest and get ready…God has amazing things in store for all 3 of you!!

Geoffrey on August 20th, 2007 at 6:37 pm #

C’mon, little Ella! And c’mon you two. Time to rally! Pulling for you, as always. So glad that everything went well with the surgery. Thank you for the continued, thoughtful updates.

Fran Jarrett on August 20th, 2007 at 6:50 pm #

Sweet Ella, prayers are with you for your continued healing. Rest dear one, the Lord is watching over you. Mom and Dad you have had a hard day as well so try and get some rest.
God has done wonders and He will continue to show us His will by helping Ella climb those mountains! Much love, Fran

Char Snyder Jordan on August 20th, 2007 at 7:01 pm #

We are thankful for the continued progress of sweet Ella. We are blessed to have Dr. Kays and his wonderful nurses and staff to care for our precious girl. We give thanks to her wonderful parents who know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Carry on dear Ella. Your family and spectacular loved ones will stay the course. We love you. We will pray always for your steady progress. Love, Aunt Char and Jim

monika on August 20th, 2007 at 7:49 pm #

we are with you in all our prayer as we come to Jesus who invites our burdens and to rest in him. we are so deeply grateful with you and baby ella for success and hope. we love you so much, monika, family, friends GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU EACH AND ALL

Angie on August 20th, 2007 at 8:13 pm #

Just checkin’ in on Ella before bedtime, I see she’s hangin’ tough and keepin’ an eye on us too! Will continue to keep you guys in our prayers ~Hug & Kisses to Ella, Nurse Angie

Dana Chambers on August 20th, 2007 at 9:12 pm #

Amazing. God Bless Ella and all her friends and family. Sleep peacefully and heal baby girl.

Chris & Lori Vodnik on August 20th, 2007 at 9:53 pm #

Praise God! God Bless Ella. So comforting to know our Lord and Savior understands the suffering in the flesh. Please Jesus be with Josh and Tina and Ella. Show your beauty in healing and love. You are the light of the world. Please shine on Ella. Amen.

Alissa Ford on August 20th, 2007 at 9:57 pm #

You don’t know me but I am a mom of a NICU graduate. Our daughter was born at 30 weeks and had a life-threatening heart defect that required surgery when she made it to 4 lbs. As I read your story I was touched deeply and consummed by my own feelings that instantly brought me back into the NICU. I can remember praying for my little Emma to fight and for God to protect her while sustaining my husband & I through our journey. We were so tired and as I look back, although our journey continues at home, I still praise God for getting us through even our darkest hours. Your sweet little miracle is so strong and from what I have read her parents are two tough cokies too. May our Lord lift you and your Ella up in His Great Healing arms and hold you close. And may this time in the NICU become a time,that you will hold dear, but be a distant memory as you share Ella’s story as proud parents. If you feel like checking out Emma’s story her website is

Eusey Family on August 20th, 2007 at 10:16 pm #

Good night Ella. I hope you have a restful night. God bless you little one.

kristin on August 20th, 2007 at 10:19 pm #

Lord you are so amazing. We thank you for bringing Ella through this surgery. Thank you for blessing the doctors and each and every person who has touched Ella since she made her way into this world. Father God, we thank you for blessing Tina and Josh and her family with this beautiful little girl and all the 14ers they have overcome. We thank you in advance for keeping her fluids low and all her healings. We thank you for your love. Rest, repair and restore Sweet Baby Ella. Rest, repair and restore yourselves Tina and Josh. We love you. Kristin, Marques & Lauren

Laura Blackwell on August 20th, 2007 at 11:54 pm #

I linked up to your site through a friend asking for prayer for your sweet little one. I will be checking back often for updates. We are praying for Ella and for you both. In Christ, Laura

Lesli on August 21st, 2007 at 3:05 am #

Lord, I echo Kristin’s prayer to rest, repair and restore Baby Ella. Lord, we trust that You who began this good work in this family will be faithful to complete it.

Josh and Tina – we continue to lift you up in prayer throughout our day. We thank you for sharing all the details with us. It has been a great spiritual encouragement to read. I spent a good deal of time yesterday reading your blog from start to finish once again. What a wonderful story Baby Ella will have…she will start her life KNOWING that HE saved her life. We should all be so spiritually blessed.

Love, Lesli

Joan Odell on August 21st, 2007 at 6:39 am #

Good Morning – I pray our sweet Ella had a good night and the two of you were able to get some rest. Anxious to know about her night and this morning. Lord Bless and hugs – Steve and Joan

Williamsburg on August 21st, 2007 at 7:04 am #

What an incredibly scary journey, and to see that giant incision – unbelievable how God can work thru modern medicine. Like you, we are so grateful for Dr. Kays and his staff but still gripping our hands tight in prayer for continued progress and health and strength for your precious girl. We know God is gripping you three tight also – praying strength and rest in him for you, too, Mom and Dad. We’re with you in love as always. Hugs, Kerri, Mark and kids

Andrea Thibault on August 21st, 2007 at 8:17 am #

You are all in my heart and prayers.

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