Thursday, August 06, 2009

Avery will get a new heart - TODAY!

Beep... Beep... Beep!
(was the sound of the pager that alerted my sister and her husband at 2 am)...
Excerpted from Avery's carepage updates...
Good morning everyone! Avery's heart has been found. She went down to the operating room at 5:35 a.m. and we are told she will be there for most of the day. We got the call around 2 a.m. Her transplant cardiologist Dr. Betsy Blume told Cheryl it is "the perfect heart."
Her surgeon Dr. Francis Fynn-Thompson left his vacation on the Cape and drove here to the hospital around 4 a.m.
We don't have any information on the donor or where the heart came from... and we may never know.
Please say a prayer for Avery, her donor and their family today.
We will keep you posted once we have more information.
Thanks for all of your prayers, messages and support!
Mike, Cheryl, and Avery

These are Avery's most recent photos with her parents, in the hospital garden, enjoying some watermelon. To the left of her mom is the IV pole with her meds, and in front is the Berlin heart that has been keeping her alive and allowing her to build the strength she needed to receive a new heart.

I cannot thank you all enough for sharing this journey with us. Your prayers, good wishes and messages of support have made a huge difference for all of us. I will continue to share information as I know more.


fran p. said...

Oh Kerri,
I just got shivers up and down my spine ... she will be upmost in my thoughts and prayers today especially - God bless her and her new little heart!

Saucy Chick Sherry said...

Avery and her mom and dad and you her wonderful aunt and all of the doctors on her team will have extra prayers today. What great photos of cutes and seeing her enjoying watermelon is very precious.

ArtPropelled said...

3rd time comment just won't stay.

Kerri when I saw the heading in my sidebar I burst into tears so I can only imagine how emotional you must be feeling. I will be praying and waiting with bated breath to hear that the perfect little heart is installed and beating merrily for Avery. Isn't medical science amazing!

Patti G. said...

Kerri, my wishes are with your sweet niece Avery and her Mom and Dad that the transplant went as perfect as the heart .......God bless DONORS, in their families time of loss, they can bless another family with saving the life of their loved one! I will be praying for Avery and the donor family, and YOU.............oh the HAPPY STRESS!!!!!!!!!!! Hang in there Auntie Kerri!!!!!!!!!! Avery is an angel and a strong little girl for all she has gone through. She looks sooooooooo adorable there in the photos! I hope her recovery is a complete success and that eventually all of the machines will be a distant memory of the past!

Peggy said...

And more prayers for all involved on this occassion. God bless all of you.

Tabitha said...

I'm so thrilled to read the great news!!! I know that you and your family must feel so grateful and relieved! I haven't even met Avery in person, but I feel my own heart-strings and my tear ducts moved by the news! I'm praying for her! xoxoxoxo

Anonymous said...

Oh this is such good news!!!

I'm doing a major happy dance for Avery and your family -- AND, she and everyone involved is in my heart and prayers.

=) Thanks for this awesome update!