Aspen's Papa's Personal Page
After Aspen's arrival nearly eight years ago, our lives would never be the same. Born with the congenital heart defect, Pulmonary Atresia, the seriousness of her condition threw us into shock and confusion. We had never faced such a sudden, traumatic event. Just a few days after her birth, in the Le Bonheur ICU with emergency open-heart surgery still being deliberated by the doctors, the staff finally convinced Jason and Leah, sleep-deprived and still in shock, to go home for some rest. I'll never forget that night as I sat with Aspen crying and praying all night long. She cried too, but was unable to make any audible sounds because of the tubes in her throat. It was the longest, most agonizing night of my life.
Finally the doctors decided that surgery would be delayed until she gained some weight. Her oxygen level would be monitored until it reached a critical level, at which time surgery would be performed. Five months later, Le Bonheur surgeons successfully rebuilt a portion of her heart, giving our little girl a new start in life. Since that time, there have been numerous tests, heart catheterizations, stents, and more surgery planned. She will always be a heart patient. But to watch her, you would never know. The faint scar on her chest, her badge of honor, is the only telltale sign of those heart-wrenching days when her life, and ours, hung in the balance.
I strongly believe in the providence of God. He uses circumstances, events, and people to accomplish His purposes. He answers prayers. I believe He used Le Bonheur to save Aspen's life. But Aspen is only one of many children whom Le Bonheur has saved. The highly skilled and dedicated doctors, nurses, and staff work tirelessly to heal thousands of children like Aspen. Please consider donating to this worthy cause.
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