My name is Sandra, and I am raising money for our sweet 4 year , Ava Thomas. Ava was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis at 3 weeks old. Almost exactly 4 years to the day on April 23rd, she experienced her very first ER visit. Up until this point her incredible parents, John and Jen, have managed to keep her well at home. Even through heights of Covid, she stayed protected and well.
Unfortunately the ER visit led to a critical inpatient hospital stay in the Pediatric ICU.
She started at St. Tammany and then was transferred to Children’s Hospital. She developed a productive cough mid April which they treated with oral antibiotics until she had an allergic reaction. 2 days later they ended up in the ER-then PICU. Something viral or bacterial caused her little lungs to be sick and due to the CF it is harder for her to fight off this infection.
Early Monday morning April 25th Ava was intubated and placed on a ventilator. She is receiving multiple antibiotics IV along with IV nutrition, multiple breathing treatments and therapies. However, her lungs remain very sick at this time, and we do not know how long she will require the ventilator. Her doctors advised John and Jen that this would be a slow and steady process to wean her off.
Ava was transferred to Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
She has a long road ahead, and financial burdens is not something any parent should worry about while their child is fighting in a hospital bed. I am asking for prayers first and if you are able to give, this family would absolutely appreciate your support. We know that with God, all things are possible! Ava is a fighter and we know God is fighting alongside her. We cannot wait to see her smiling, singing, and laughing with everyone again!
Update: Ava is now on the list for a lung transplant.