Posted (The West's) in All Posts on September-3-2008

UPDATE 12:30pm MST (by Josh)
Who would have thought 18 years ago, when I was sitting in my red 1967 VW Bug asking Tina to be my girlfriend, that I’d be sitting here in Denver with her and our miracle girl would be having surgery.

It was a bit emotional handing her over to the surgery team, but we confident in the care that she’s receiving. We prayed over her before she was whisked away and I think that was our breaking point emotionally.

We’re here in the waiting area now. Will update once we know more.

Trusting in Him for every step.

UPDATE 1:45pm MST (by Josh)
Got a call from the surgery team. Freaked me out at first because usually no news is good news. They just called to say everything is going fine and they’ll give us another update in about an hour.

Stay tuned…

UPDATE 3:54pm MST (by Tina)
It took awhile, but the Bun is in the recovery room. They are going to come and get us in 5 minutes so we can see her. She did fine through surgery and is extubated (yeah, no vent!). Thanks for all the prayers. We’ll give a more detailed update later.

The Laz Fam on September 3rd, 2008 at 12:36 pm #

Trusting Him with you!

Aida on September 3rd, 2008 at 12:37 pm #

Your in my prayers Ella.

Julie Kirk on September 3rd, 2008 at 12:37 pm #

in saudi, lifting ella up in my prayers.

Christe Mitchell on September 3rd, 2008 at 12:40 pm #

Just wanted to let you guys know your all in my thoughts and prayers today! Many are agreeing and lifting up Baby Ella, Josh, Tina, and medical staff up in prayer. Trusting and Believing God will take care of his little girl and will give you both peace, comfort, and strength! God Bless You! Christe

Fran on September 3rd, 2008 at 12:43 pm #

So many praying for Ella and trusting in Him. Prayers for you as well, Mom and Dad.

Eve Johnson on September 3rd, 2008 at 12:43 pm #

Prayer warriors in Gainesville are praying for you.

Amber Riley on September 3rd, 2008 at 12:47 pm #

Thinking and praying for you today…May God watch over Ella during her surgery.

Debbie Bennett on September 3rd, 2008 at 12:48 pm #

Prayers from SC! We love y’all.

Anne on September 3rd, 2008 at 12:50 pm #

praying for quick, successful surgery with excellent results! (and that Mom and Dad get some much needed sleep!)

The Roberts Family on September 3rd, 2008 at 1:10 pm #

We’ll be praying for Ella and the surgery team today!

Jennifer Harris on September 3rd, 2008 at 1:19 pm #

Thank you for the update…we know GOD and the angels of Mercy & Grace are with Ella.
Jennifer & Chelsea

Teresa Reed on September 3rd, 2008 at 2:07 pm #

I always check up on Ella from my Blackberry and it doesn’t allow me to send msgs. I wanted to let you all know…your in my thoughts and prayers! I miss you all and hope to see you very soon. Love you, Teresa

The Riches on September 3rd, 2008 at 2:48 pm #

praying in birmingham…

The Brittain Family on September 3rd, 2008 at 3:10 pm #

Good to hear it’s over…tough part for Ella is her recovery, but she’s done it before! I was feeding the kids a late lunch and was sorry to have forgotten to say a prayer at 11:45 but then I realized she’s in a different time zone now from her surgeries in Gainesville, so it was all good…God had her covered with prayers even with time zone changes and a busy mommy-brain : ) Ruth for all.

Linda (Frostproof) on September 3rd, 2008 at 3:11 pm #

Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Our little angle is a trooper. Thanks for the update. Now we will all be praying for a speedy recovery and the Bun will feel much better.

Jim and Char Jordan on September 3rd, 2008 at 3:11 pm #

Go Ella! Go Ella we are with you in spirit and prayer. LOVE Jim and Char

Ani on September 3rd, 2008 at 3:35 pm #

Yay…so glad surgery is over!

Kara on September 3rd, 2008 at 3:57 pm #

Ahhhh, Big Sigh! And Big HUGS!!!!

Williamsburg on September 3rd, 2008 at 4:10 pm #

Our hearts and prayers are with you as we track the updates. XOXOXO

Fran on September 3rd, 2008 at 4:24 pm #

So happy the surgery is over and you will be with your sweet girl again. You are so strong Ella and you will come through this and we will all see you smiling again soon! Love and hugs sent your way!

Jay & Stephanie Parker on September 3rd, 2008 at 4:50 pm #

Our prayers are with you and everyone involved with keeping watch and care over Ella. We have been following her amazing trek and know God has certainly blessed many with her life and love. Everytime she takes on the next challenge and we are shown the Grace and Mercy of God through her it only makes us stronger in our faith and our hearts filled with joy for Ella. God bless you Ella!

Joel Snyder on September 3rd, 2008 at 4:53 pm #

Ella, I came home from the hospital after Dr. Partrick came out to give us the great news that you had done so well. I will be over to see you tommorow. Rest up and sleep well. Josh and Tina my “Heroes” you are the best try to get some rest. Love,Gran dpa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Eve Sheridan on September 3rd, 2008 at 6:01 pm #

Praying for and thinking of the three of you. So glad Ella’s surgery was a success. Sending love and hugs :-).

Matt, Abby, Austin & Caed on September 3rd, 2008 at 6:09 pm #

We’re praying for Ella and for both of you. She is in the Lord’s hands (as she has always been).

The Dirirm Family on September 3rd, 2008 at 6:11 pm #

Thanks for keeping us all updated. Praying for her quick recovery. Praying for you both, for your health and emotional well being. Rest in His perfect peace tonight.

Vicki/CO on September 3rd, 2008 at 6:14 pm #

We praise you, God! Oh, we thank You so much for having your hand on everyone involved in this surgery and for bringing Ella safely through it! And we thank you and praise you for the strength and courage you have given Josh and Tina to go through this difficult time! We pray they all get much needed rest tonight as Ella begins her recovery.

megan on September 3rd, 2008 at 7:32 pm #

Ella today I went and said hi to your parents they both gave me big hugs and I realized that God sure knows what he is doing. He picked the perfect parents for you and he picked the perfect little girl for them. Now it is your turn to rest and let your parents strength along with those angels that are around you and God get you thru this. Let that little body heal and remember you are in everyone’s thoughts and prayers!

Tammy on September 3rd, 2008 at 7:52 pm #

Rest well sweet Ella; mom and dad too.
You’ve had a rough few weeks, but you climbed the ladder and now it’s time to jump on that slide!!
The lord is so awsome….”nothing compares to the love we have in him”!


Nurse Angie on September 3rd, 2008 at 7:59 pm #

I’m glad Ella did well with her surgery and they were able to extubate her. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers.

John & Estela on September 3rd, 2008 at 8:29 pm #

Thank you Lord for making certain that Ella came out of surgery well. What a blessing. God please be with Josh and Tina through these next few days as they care for Ella’s surgery recovery. God Bless The Williams

Adrienne (Melissa's sister) on September 3rd, 2008 at 9:32 pm #

You are all in our prayers…. we are thanking God for the doctors and his team and that Ella is out and one step closer to being out of the hospital! ; ) Keep your eyes above all the circumstances and REST in His presence. Love you guys.

kristin on September 3rd, 2008 at 9:51 pm #

Thank you Lord for the blessings and strength you have infused the West family and the whole team of people you have sent to care for Ella. We give you thanks and praise for all of Ella’s healing.

In my most simple and humble thoughts I thank you personally for the healing you are supplying Ella and her parents.

They are all so loved.


Laura Arneson on September 3rd, 2008 at 9:57 pm #

Draw nourishment from an endless source of power…the love of God. Let it energize you all today. “reap the fruit of unfailing love” Hosea 10:12 You are in our thoughts, peace, blessings and love

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