Brooklynn Lindholm Medical Needs

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Gary Wigginton
on behalf of wendy lindholm
 MESA, AZ
Hello to all our family and friends and those stopping to read this.

My name is Gary Wigginton and I'm the uncle of this little girl’s father Ryan Lindholm and his wife Charnae Lindholm., and Ryan's mom Wendy Lindholm, Brooklynn's Grandma. 

This Precious Princess is Brooklynn Lindholm and the Nurses gave her this Princess Crown to wear.

Please read the following post from her Mom from Facebook:

Here is Brooklynn's mommy's post from Facebook 07/14/2016:
“This is how a heart breaks. Brooklynn was exposed to hand foot and mouth and we took her to the Doctor Sunday July 10th. She was diagnosed with it at that point. She was sick for a few days and yesterday July 13th she seemed 100% better. We were so excited. Well this morning she got sick. She is a limp noodle can't lift her legs or arms doesn't hold her head up. Breathing hard and choking on everything with a fever. Ryan took her to Banner Baywood this morning at 430 am and they started steroids and breathing treatments to open her airway. They transferred her to Cardons Children’s Hospital and that's when she got her fancy ambulance ride. They are still running test but suspect she has croup and the hand foot and mouth has taken a turn for the worse so her tiny body is fighting 2 nasty viruses. She's goanna be okay. Her cry is silent and she can really use prayers for comfort. #mommyheartbroken #asightyouneverwanttosee”
  
  Here is Brooklynn's mommy's post from Facebook 07/15/2016:

“Quick update. Brooklynn has finally been diagnosed as of yesterday afternoon. She has Transverse Myelitis. It's a rare and scary diagnosis. She will be on very VERY strong steroids for 5 days and then be re-evaluated by MRI. She will be on her vent for a while and we have a long road of recovery with lots of physical therapy and treatment ahead. We pray the steroids help and the swelling in her spinal cord goes down so her body can start gaining movement back and we can start training her to use her limbs again.”

 
07/16/2016 My update: Uncle Gary:

My wife Jenny and our daughter Kare went to see this special little Princess today and our hearts went out to her seeing her like this in the bed. I also had the opportunity to read up on what Transverse Myelitis is. It attacs the Spinal cord and inflames it and then causes nerve damage. It is VERY rare in anyone below the age of 10years old. We are praying for her and know that the Lord will bless her and that she will recover, however with Ryan working and going to School, they are going to need some help. They are bless that Charnae is able to stay home and take care of her and there 2 other kids.

Brooklynn is currently stable and is being pumped full of steroids to reduce the swelling on her Spinal Cord. Her family has been overwhelmed with all the support being offered and so many of you have graciously reached out and asked how you can help. The first thing everyone can do is continue to pray for the complete healing of Brooklynn and for the continued efforts of her entire medical team; I know we are all very grateful for all the time they have spent with her and in diagnosing her.

We know that there is a God and that He is watching over her. We ask for you to keep praying and fasting for Brooklynn, and ask that you ask for God to heal her and to make her recovery time minimal.

At this time, they are looking at Brooklynn to be in the hospital 3+ months depending on how she recovers. Unfortunately, this stay is going to come at a high cost. My goal by doing this for Brooklynn and her sweet family is to have one less burden for them to worry about, so they can focus all their time and energy into her healing and much needed therapy.

Anyone who know the Lindholm’s know that they are a great family and love the Lord. Brooklynn has been surrounded by all her family and friends over the past few days, and even though she’s out of it for the most part, it was good to see her try and open her eye’s and she knew when you were taking to her with her facial expressions. We LOVE you Brooklynn.

Your gracious gifts will go directly to Brooklynn and her parents and the costs it takes to cover these medical expenses along with the needs of their family. 

Every little bit will help and we appreciate everything you give in advance!

Please continue all of the fasting and prayers for Brooklynn, as we know they will be answered daily, and help her as she recovers and start to heal!

Again, I cannot express how truly blessed Brooklynn and her family are to have such a huge support system and family of friends.

Please feel free to share this link to anyone and everyone who are interested in helping this little Princess and her family!

We will keep updating here, as the days go by, and as we hear from the Doctors. 

Love,
The Wigginton and Lindholm Families
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Update 18
Posted by Gary Wigginton
1 month ago
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1/31/2017 HISTORY POST: Brooklynn was the happiest, healthiest baby. She could walk, talk, play, eat by herself, all the wonderful things toddlers do. On July 6, 2016 at the age of 15months, she was exposed to Hand Foot and Mouth Disease. We thought it was no big deal and it would run its course if she or any of our other children caught it just like any normal virus does. July 8, 2016 she spiked a low grade fever and we weren't sure yet what she had. Sunday morning, July 10th, she woke up with small blisters around her lips and hands. We took her in and she was officially diagnosed with hand foot and mouth disease. We let the virus run its course and by Wednesday,July 13th, she seemed to be completely normal and back to being a busy toddler. We were thrilled! We had a fun day of swimming as a family and eating a yummy steak dinner that night. Brooklynn ate it like a champ (I think she knew it'd be her last good meal for a while.) We returned home from Ryan's parents house and put the kids to bed as usual. For some reason Brooklynn couldn't settle down she just kept crying. We tried all of our tricks and when nothing would work we finally brought her into our room to sleep with us. Thank goodness we did that or we probably would've lost her. She fell asleep on daddy's chest around 12:30am July 14th, and was still able to cry and had full movement. This was the day our lives would be turned upside down and we had no clue the events that were about to happen. July 14, 2016, at 4:30am, Brooklynn Paige Lindholm woke up and couldn't cry, she could barely moan. She couldn't move any of her extremities and was having a hard time holding her head up. In a matter of 4 hours our baby went completely limp. We thought she was lethargic from having a fever so we tried to give her a dose of Tylenol and she choked,this is when we rushed her to the local hospital. They told us she had a bad case of croup and she was just lethargic. They gave us the option to transfer her to the Cardons Children's Hospital or take her home and monitor her there. We chose to take her to the children's hospital. When we got there they took us to the fourth floor and still continued to tell us she had croup. It didn't make any sense she didn't have any symptoms of croup besides the swelling of her throat.By this point she could make no noise at all and just shook her head no over and over and over. Throughout the day she started going into respiratory failure. We begged them to re-evaluate her and to no end they kept telling us she was just fine. Finally, we called her pediatrician and he rushed down to the hospital. He took one look at her and said this baby is dying! Finally, the hospital staff was on board and rushed her down to the PICU. We had just enough time to sit down in her room and the Doctor said,"Your baby is not doing well we are going to have to intubate!"We were crushed but understood and wanted what was best for our baby. They ran every blood test, viral swap, spinal tap, lab they could think of EVERYTHING came back COMPLETELY normal. What was wrong with our baby???!!!! The Drs were stumped! July 16 they took our sweet girl down for a 3 hour MRI complete spinal scan. Within 10 minutes of beginning the scan the PICU received a call letting them know they could already see the damage and that's when she was diagnosed with Transverse Myelitis, later to be thought it may be Acute Flaccid Myelitis. This is a rare auto-immune disorder where her immune system confused and essentially attacked itself leaving lesions of swelling throughout her spinal cord. They didn't tell us much, we thought she'd just be sick for a bit and the swelling would go away and she'd be back to normal. Little did we know she was severely effected, she wasn't just lethargic she was PARALYZED from the neck down and she has a VERY long road to recovery.That's where the journey of Brooklynn's Warriors begins. We are hopeful one day we will have our sweet girl back to normal or semi-normal. The recovery is very slow and painful with lots of work and a lot of extra care. Most kids never make a full recovery but we are going to do the best we can! We sure love our Brooklynn Paige. Feel free to share her page we would love to spread awareness and hopefully inspire more research for these kiddos!
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Update 17
Posted by Gary Wigginton
3 months ago
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From her Mom 12.24.2016

Brooklynn is home for Christmas and we couldn't be more blessed! She is back to adjusting to home life! Her last X-ray still showed some pneumonia in the left lung but we are continuing added treatments at home to help clear that up. We have been very blessed this holiday season by many of Brooklynns Warriors and we can't thank y'all enough! You have lightened our burden this holiday season! Thank you! We will post more updates again following Christmas tomorrow! Thanks for you continued prayers! This girl needs them!
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Update 16
Posted by Gary Wigginton
3 months ago
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Brooklynn's cuff on her trach is still inflated but she's not letting that stop her from talking. She's learned to talk even with it inflated. She has a lot to say this morning enjoy!
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Update 15
Posted by Gary Wigginton
4 months ago
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From mom 10/4/2016

Brookylnn has her therapy evaluation today and also her first pulmonary follow up appointment. We are so very hopeful that she will get approved for tons of therapy and that her pulmonologist will start letting us turn down Brookylnns vent settings and see if she is getting stronger. We are hopeful this is the case. She continually breaths over the machine and from the day we brought her home he has said she is being "over-ventilated". If she tolerates the changes he has told us every few days we can make more adjustments to get her down to as little as possible vent support. Then eventually we can talk about weaning! Ah I would be so happy to get all this stuff off my baby. Yes, it will take time and there is no guarantees but we are very optimistic we can get her off this machine. On a positive note Brooklynn slept through the night this has only happened once or twice. It was amazing. And when she woke up she was kicking her legs like crazy. She kept pulling them all the way up like a frog then kicking them out and doing it again. I know the report says many kids don't recover from this but we are going to give Brooklynn every available treatment, therapy, option there is possible. And give her the best fighting chance! We can do this Brooklynn! Don't you quit, Never stop trying. We love you!

We love you Brooklynn! Keep fighting each day.

Please pray for this little girl, and help if you can in any way.

Uncle Gary and Family. Xxxxxoooo
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Julie McLaws
5 months ago

I am so sorry for the defeat you are feeling...I am praying with you. Take courage for God loves you more than you know...and He is a keeper of promises...

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Gary Wigginton
8 months ago

Latest update from Mom 07/19/2016; Brooklynn had a rough night the night before last, yesterday and the beginning of last night. She kept having desat issues and last night it took quite a bit of work to get her back up. Her belly is the size of a basketball because she swallows air. And along with her belly being swollen that plays a big part in her left lung function. She made one movement of her foot last night without being touched this is HUGE! Please pray for her lungs and heart to stay strong and that these steroids are working. Thank you!

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Raised by 82 people in 8 months
Created July 17, 2016
Gary Wigginton  
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I am so sorry for the defeat you are feeling...I am praying with you. Take courage for God loves you more than you know...and He is a keeper of promises...

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Gary Wigginton
8 months ago

Latest update from Mom 07/19/2016; Brooklynn had a rough night the night before last, yesterday and the beginning of last night. She kept having desat issues and last night it took quite a bit of work to get her back up. Her belly is the size of a basketball because she swallows air. And along with her belly being swollen that plays a big part in her left lung function. She made one movement of her foot last night without being touched this is HUGE! Please pray for her lungs and heart to stay strong and that these steroids are working. Thank you!

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