Today’s update on Baby Jack

9:50pm Tuesday May 5th

Just returned home from the hospital and got big sisters to bed. It was encouraging to see Jack on the new ventilator and to see his little belly and chest moving up and down. Also, when the nurse suctioned some fluid out of his mouth, he seemed to respond with some sucking motions. This is important because now that he is removing fluids, he is also removing sedatives, so they want him to wake up.

Prayers for tonight:
#1 Kidney function to continue to improve – more and clearer urine.
#2 That Jack will wake up and begin to be responsive.

(2:30pm)Jack had an EEG which showed no significant brain damage, so that’s definitely good. He’s on a mobile ventilator which will allow for an MRI eventually, and he’s been able to take a few breaths on his own. His numbers (blood pressure, O2 levels, etc) are steady. Kidneys are functioning, but at a minimal level. Some swelling has gone down a tiny bit on his lower extremeties.
This has been a good day for him! Thanks for all the prayers! KEEP PRAYING!!!!

Prayer priorities:
#1 Kidney function needs to improve rapidly.
#2 Heart valve needs to correct itself.
#3 Brain function – may have MRI today. Update: not today.


Tara’s blog:

Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Some Brief Updates
We just got back from our daily visit to CHOP to see Jack, Shannon and George. Everyone is doing well. Jack is doing well on the new ventilator, and the whole family agreed it was good to see his little chest rising and falling (on the old ventilator this didn’t happen). Shannon told us they are still looking to see more, clearer urine. An EEG done on his brain showed no significant damage, which of course is wonderful news. There is still much that needs to happen before his full prognosis is known, but every positive sign is an answer to prayer.

Another item to add to your prayer list along with his kidney and general organ function: Doctors are wanting to see Jack wake up. They have not been giving him sedatives and if his kidneys are working and flushing out the sedatives from earlier, he should start to open his eyes more. Obviously this is something we would LOVE to see!! It would be great to see our little man looking more alert. Tonight one of the nurses suctioned some fluid from his mouth and he seemed to respond, so that was encouraging.

Best moment of the day for me personally: Shannon told us one of the doctors said they would like to do an MRI but that can wait and they may do it next week. It was just so wonderful to hear them planning to do something for him several days from now. It has been so touch and go that to hear the doctors planning ahead for him is great!!

Thank you for your continued prayers!!

Note on facebook by George & Shannon:
Post #1
George wrote2 hours ago
Today is the first day we have been able to check this page. We are overwhelmed with the outpouring of love and prayers from friends, family, and strangers. Please know that your prayers are felt and effective. We know that God answers the prayers of the righteous and that he listens to the persistant and you have been both those things. Please keep up the good work:)

Know also that we are praying for you. When we feel we are out of things to pray for Jack we turn our thoughts to praying for all of you. We thank God for you and pray that he will give you the stamina to keep praying Jack through the long road he has ahead of him.

We love you all!
In Christ’s Love,
George and Shannon

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