Updated: Last night as David and I sat by Joy's bed, struggling with the idea of letting our daughter go, GOD HAD BIGGER PLANS! He gave Joy's doctor a dream explaining what was wrong with her heart. Today, instead of struggling to say goodbye, we received news that Joy has an issue that CAN BE CORRECTED! She will be having her second heart surgery in the morning, and every minute is a gift, but HOW AWESOME IS OUR GOD? He is hearing our prayers! We Are Blessed!!!
Baby Joy was born on October 2 2012 with a serious heart condition. I just found her Facebook page, Joy's Journal, yesterday and the call for prayer was urgent as the doctors were preparing to remove her from life support this morning. Here is a miracle report from her page:
Joy’s miracle story: Emphasis are mine
...Miracle #1. When Joy was born the hospital in GA performed a heart cath. They took pictures for more than 3 hours. They told us she had no pulmonary arteries, at all. What those doctors did not tell us was that she would be considered lucky to last a year and surgery would have likely not worked. Instead they sent us home and told us to follow up with a cardiologist. When we had our emergency almost two weeks ago, I told the ER cardiologist here at Children’s what her cath had showed. He frowned and then recommended a CT/angiogram test to see what showed up. THEY FOUND PULMONARY ARTERIES! They recommended a surgery to put in a shunt (which would need to be replaced as she grew) to connect the arteries to her heart and a patch to make the blood flow a little better through them. Due to her oxygen levels they went ahead with surgery this past Thursday. While coming off bypass did not go as planned we did get notice of a real surprise to everyone….HER PULMONARY ARTERIES WERE ALREADY CONNECTED TO HER HEART!! There is no need for a shunt which means a LOT fewer heart surgeries!! Now the doctors have said that while is not unheard of these structures being missed in a cath, her CT very clearly shows a space between the arteries and the heart. I claim MIRACLE! God grew those vessels in response to prayer and he placed it into her heart!
Miracle #2. While Joy’s surgery went better than expected, coming off bypass proved very difficult for her. She had two heart attacks when they tried to remove the bypass machine. Due to the trauma of the heart attacks and the extended bypass, her lungs collapsed. The doctors worked for two days before being able to get them even a little inflated. When they finally did, the doctors explained her lungs were so sick that she would be on a special ventilator (an oscillator) for at least a week before moving back to the regular vent. Well, ladies and gentlemen, she moved back to a regular vent last night! It only took her 24 hours to recover! God climbed down in her lungs and healed her!
God is working right here in Room 420. He is working in the lives of the staff and in our hearts as well. We are so very blessed to have each and every one of you as part of our lives. Our Joy is PROOF that God is listening AND acting. Joy is still seriously critical and all of this could change in an instant, but we KNOW that God is working and using our daughter for such an incredible testimony. We are thankful and We are blessed!
As of last night Joy has been critical and the doctors were planning on taking her off of life support this morning BUT they noticed something...
PRAISE GOD FROM WHOM ALL BLESSINGS FLOW!!! They are NOT taking her off today! They think it may be a valve issue! We are going to heart cath to see! This is very risky, and we could still lose her at any minute, BUT GOD IS HERE!!! Please keep praying, we need miracle number 3!
Please join with me in prayer for Joy, for miracle number 3 and a completely healthy, restored baby girl. God is good! Press in with me. :)
Mark 11:22-24 NIV
“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours."
We believe Lord God, we believe! Praying and praising!