Abigail's 3rd Time's the Charm Fund

$4,900 of $5,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 49 months

Our daughter Abigail Joy Mizzell was born in 2011 and is the youngest of a blended family.  As the meaning of her name holds true, she is the light of our lives. Abigail was born with Semi Hemispheric Poly-micro Gyria meaning that the left half of her brain is not providing function. As a result Abigail's right right side has  very limited use and she also suffers from dibilitating seizures. We were told to take her home and enjoy her, but that she'd never be able to do much. Since the speech center and logic center are on the left side of the brain, she was never expected to talk, or even laugh but she does and she has a beautiful laugh. 

After testing, second and even third opinions were received the decision was made that the seizures HAD to be stopped and a corpus collostomy with hemispherectomy was Abigail's best chance. On September 8th at 8:30 am her surgeons started the 8 hour procedure while 16 loved ones waited for the longest day in our lives. Abigail again showed the medical community that she is making her own rules when immediately after waking she told her nurses no and then said the works mama and daddy to a huddle of teary eyed overjoyed loved ones.  Abigail did encounter a big set back when six days post op she suffered a massive stroke in her left brain. Her left brain has been disconnected and rendered fairly useless so that wasn't really a problem however the swelling caused terrifying swelling caused serious problems for Abigail's speech, and her ability to stay awake the swelling also caused terrible headaches. Thankfully as the swelling went down Abigail's function began to return and broke expectation number 2 she sat then stood unassisted. Then by the end of week three post op she was walking! 

     As beautifully as Abigail handled her challenges they took a toll on the functionality of Abigail's right arm and note we begin the harking process.
   
     Since years of therapy are in Abigail's future, your help is needed with travel, living, and medical equipment expenses. Our family van also needs some adaptations to suit Abigail's needs. Any help for my family would be greatly appreciated.

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Friends and loved ones here we go again. The 3rd times the charm at least that's what we're praying. Abigail will be going to Children's on Tuesday for a third surgery. This will have to be an open cranial surgery in order to insure the disconnection it's complete.
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A quick hello to everyone to let you know how Abigail it doing! She is nearly three months post op now and still seizure free. An unexpected result of surgery was a big change in her obsessive/compulsive behavior. The neurologist thinks it may have been a coping mechanism for being over simulated. As many of you know Abigail did suffer a stroke in her left brain which has caused her right hand to be very weak. Sweet girl did an incredible job getting back on her feet but, her right arm, shoulder, and hand will require an extensive amount of therapy and hard work to regain the functionality. Abigail never bats an eye about it and works so hard at it everyday. Thank you for all of your moral and financial support. I could not over see her recovery without it.
Much love to all of you!
Abigail and her family.
Blowing kisses!!! Thank you!!
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We want to thank all of you for your donations, for sharing our link, inviting your friends and most importantly for your prayers and concern for our sweet Abigail. Her surgery is complete she is doing as expected and has a long, long hard road of therapy ahead of her. She is is responsive and speaking but she will have to learn to walk again. I wish with my whole heart that he recovery was going to be easy but I also know she is one determined little girl. "Keep my head up high, keep on reaching high, never gonna stop, I'll keep getting stronger!" Will I am
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Raised by 34 people in 49 months
Created August 7, 2015
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Therabilities .
21 months ago

We love our sweet Abi! Praying everything goes well!

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