Monday, April 20, 2009

alana update

I had a message from Hope this morning at 8:00. Alana's surgery lasted just over 10 hours - into the wee hours of this morning. She said that the donor organ was in excellent shape and that she was thankful that God provided such a good match for her little girl. The surgery went well, and Alana is starting to slowly come out of sedation, but is doing well herself. Alana's liver is severely damaged, so they thought they'd have to remove part of the liver, but decided instead to remove her gallbladder with the expectation that without the gallbladder her liver would return to a healthy state. Hope sounded extremely exhausted. I doubt she has slept much at all in the last 29 hours. The next several days/weeks are extremely critical for Alana. Hope has asked for prayer that Alana's body would not get an infection and that her body would not reject the organ. God protected Ethan from any infection during his bone marrow transplant, and I know His power and mercy can do the same for Alana. Please pray in that way!

For the LORD is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.
Psalm 100:5

1 comment:

Lorri said...

Let her know the Steer family is praying for Baby Alana, we know the value and miracle of organ transplant. My father in law was one of the first heart transplant patients in California many years ago. He lived 18 years pass a 6 month diagnosis.