a request

Hey everyone – I just wanted to give y’all an update on what’s happening with Emmett, and make an important request.

On Monday we were told that the whole question on an intestinal malrotation had been laid to rest. Well, as it turns out, not so much. On Wednesday, Emmett’s doctor, after multiple consultations with pediatric surgeons and radiologists both here and back in the states, decided it would be best to move Emmett to Adenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, so that they could evaluate him. And after reviewing everything, the pediatric surgeon there has decided it is necessary to do open abdominal surgery to fix the malrotation.

So Emmett will undergo this surgery on Monday, hopefully midmorning. During the surgery the doctor will also place a gastrotomy tube (or peg tube), which is a more permanent feeding support system than the nasogastric tube Emmett has now. With all of his upcoming surgeries, in addition to his current feeding issues, everyone feels like this is the best choice for him.

So here’s what we need: PRAYER. Please pray for Emmett. Please pass this message along to whomever you think will pray for him. Feel free to link to this entry, if you’d like. But please pray for this little boy.

Here are some prayer suggestions:

  1. That Emmett will make it through the surgery, first and foremost. It is expected to last about 3 hours, if everything goes well and there are no complications.
  2. For Emmett’s surgeon (his name is Mr. Brain…seriously), that he would be granted wisdom and sure and steady hands.
  3. That Emmett won’t face any operative or postoperative complications: the 3 biggest ones being infection, blood loss, and most importantly, adhesions following the surgery. The risk of adhesions that would necessitate emergency bowel surgery is about 10%, a number way higher than I’m comfortable with.
  4. That following surgery, he and his GI tract would heal quickly, so that he can start being fed again, and so that we can leave the hospital (can I insert that English hospitals are not nearly as comfortable as American ones?).
  5. That his pain will be well controlled, post-operatively.

Again, his surgery will happen midmorning England-time on Monday, which is 6 hours ahead of Central time in the US. So if they start at 10, that would be 4 in the morning for most of y’all, 5 am if you’re on the East Coast. If there is any way that it would work for you to pray for him at that time, please do. If you can’t wake up that early, please pray for him before you go to sleep on Sunday night.

Please pray – he has so much left to face if he can pull through this, but this is the first step. And as Mike said in the last post, we know that the Lord is watching over this child, and loves him more than we ever could. We have witnessed His hand working in this situation, and pray that He would continue to bless Emmett.



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11 responses to “a request

  1. Lina

    I have linked to your blog and posted about your family. I pray that this surgery will be successful for baby Emmett and I pray for strength for your family to deal with the challenges that lay ahead. Hang in there.


  2. Beth

    I will link this to other friends and family.

    We will all be praying. Stay strong. God is with you and Emmett.

  3. I linked you up and copied and pasted the entire post onto my blog. Sweet picture of him sleeping on the next post!

  4. I too will link here on my blog. I will say prayers for him also…for all of you.

  5. God loves your E. even more than you do and more than we can possibly imagine. I will pray for all of you–I know it is difficult. But you will get through this. I will pray for Dr. Brain–the surgeon who fixed L’s gut was named Dr. Plumbley–we got a kick out of that! It sounds like he will be in a place to get really good care. And I think they are really good at managing pain in kids. My L. never appeared to be in pain, and even smiled for the first time the day after one of his surgeries! Know you are being lifted up.

  6. i am getting ready to link to the post now and i will praying for you guys monday morning.

    your faith is unbelievable during this time…i am at a loss for words! my God give you peace over the next week.

  7. Diana

    I just spend the last 2 hours reading about your adoption journey – and reading about Emmett’s journey – and my heart fells like it has grown. I will absolutely be praying for all of you, but especially Emmett this Monday morning.

    God bless you, God bless your family and God bless your sweet baby.

    Philipians 4: 4 – 7

  8. I will be praying for Emmett. I will also link y’all on the blog.

  9. Christina

    Praying. And will be praying as I go to sleep tonight and when I wake in the morning. And while I’m at it, right here and now (with a little help from Stormie Omartian’s “Power of Praying Parent”)

    Because You have instructed us in Your Word that we are to pray for one another so that we may be healed, I pray for healing and wholeness for Emmett. I pray that sickness and infirmity will have no place or power in his life. Your word says, “He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions” (Psalm 107:20). Wherever there is disease, illness, or infirmity in his body, I pray that you, Lord, would touch him with Your healing power and restore him to total health.
    Bless Dr. Brain and work through him tomorrow, Father. Guide his hands and bring little Emmett safely through surgery. Give Emmett the strength he needs to recover quickly from the surgery without any complications. And please Father, hold Lauren and Mike and their family in your arms and give them your comfort and peace as you walk with them through this time.

    In Jesus Name, Amen.

  10. goodhappenings

    I, too, will pray…and link. May God bless that little guy, and his mom and dad.

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