Monday, July 27, 2009

Praying for Stellan

I added a new button to the left of my screen: "Praying for Stellan". I have been following MckMama's blog since this past spring (and am slightly addicted to it). Their family is currently in a crisis as their youngest son is critically ill. He has suffered from SVT (supraventricular tachycardia, or really fast heart rate) since he was inutero. Doctors thought he wouldn't survive to be born alive, yet he beat the odds.

His SVT reared its ugly head again when he was about 4 months old, and he spent several weeks at Boston Children's Hospital. He had a surgical procedure while in Boston to try and cure the SVT, but they were unable to do so without completely damaging his heart's ability to beat without an external pacemaker. Since his return home, he has had a few other shorter hospital stays, many medication changes, blood and heart function tests.

This past weekend, he went back to the hospital and has been in SVT since Friday night (with a few small small breaks). His body is starting to give out (when the heart beats that fast, it is very inefficient, and over time, will go into failure...which is where Stellan is heading). They are airlifting him to Boston Children's Hospital this afternoon and both of his parents are going with, leaving their three other small children (4 and under) at home with family and friends.

If you have a moment, check out her Jennifer's (aka MckMama) blog at and say a small prayer for Stellan and his family!

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