June 8th, she was taken to the hospital ER in Joplin, MO with severe dehydration. She had not been eating and was thought to have had a stomach bug as she'd been dealing with diarrehea and vomitting the day before. The ER submitted her to a barage of tests and had concluded she was suffering from beginning stages of leukemia. This could not have been the case however as her other family members had also shown signs of the same illness.
Allie was given an IV to boost her fluids and transferred from Joplin, MO to a hospital in Tulsa, OK via ambulance ( a 2 hour drive ) where she stayed for over 11 days in an Intensive Care Unit.
In Tulsa, she was finally given her proper diagnosis - HUS - which is a disease characterized by a triad of hemolytic anemia (anemia caused by destruction of red blood cells), acute kidney failure (uremia), and a low platelet count (thrombocytopenia). She'd been attacked by E-coli bacteria and it was shutting down her body.
She continued to fight for several days on life support as her kidneys had completely shut down - Total Renal Failure. She was placed on a breathing machine, given a feeding tube, had ports placed in her neck and legs to monitor her blood and fluids and remained on Dialysis for 9 days.
The constant fluxuation of her health status was made even more heartbreaking as one treatment the doctors would prescirbe for her would counter-act and inhibit progress in another area. She was kept sedated for several days so she wouldn't be uncomfortable, given all sorts of drugs, even some that would apparently make her forget she'd been connected to the dialysis machine.
Her parents lived on the small recliner and 2-seater couch in the same room Allie was in for the majority of her duration in the hospital, they were also blessed to be able to get some rest at the Ronald McDonald House next to the Hospital.
God answered prayer, Allie has come out of this ordeal and is now healthy and home with her parents. Her systems are functioning well again and will require some close watch over the next several months.
Allie's sweet little life was on the line. We are all thankful for the care and healing she's received, however this has left an insurmountable pile of medical bills that are still coming in, the accumulated total is upwards of $250,000.
We ask that you would please help her parents - Brad and Emma Cole by:
1. Donating to help them in this financially hard time.
We also ask that you would
2. Pray for God to continue providing the miraculous
3. Share this GoFundMe campaign with your friends and family all over social media and ask them to help bless Brad, Emma, and Allie Cole.
- JUSTIN HICKS
- John Evans
- Ladonna Shaffer
- Gary Morgan
Organizer and beneficiary
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