Surgery went well and everybody was doing well. At first Elizabeth seemed to be thriving. She is a beautiful little girl with a full head of hair that her whole family fell instantly in love with.
But a few days after she was born, Elizabeth started having seizures. She was put on medication and all seemed to be well. She was able to go home after a few weeks in the NICU. Within 48 hours of being home, she has a couple of episodes. My sister and brother in law took her to the ER. The doctors are unsure what is causing the seizures, and she was transferred by air, to Riley’s Children's Hospital in Indianapolis.
This transfer is going to be difficult for Laura and Ryan because she is recovering from her unplanned surgery and he has to stay off of work because the hospital is 3 plus hours from home. And it's also keeping them from being home to take care of their other two children’s needs and worries. Luckily, there is enough family and friends in the area to help with the kids, the house and take the kids to see their parents and sister. However, Laura and Ryan have to stay in hotels as to be close to Elizabeth. The doctors are trying to figure out what is causing the seizures, as well as medications that will work for the baby. They have not been given a time frame for how long she will have to be in the hospital. Everytime they think she might be able to finally go home, she has numerous seizures a day.
Those of you who know Laura and Ryan, know that they are truly some of the kindest and most selfless people in the world. If you are able, please donate. Even if it's only $5, everything will help. If you can’t donate, please keep them in your prayers. I am hoping this gofundme will help ease at least some of the travel expenses, medical expenses and any worry they are facing right now so they can focus on Baby Elizabeth and their other two children, Lucas and Maiah.
Please keep the Zakutansky family and Baby Elizabeth in your prayers. Thank you!