Mom gives birth & finds brain tumor

Amphai Ranslem is a mother to 2 beautiful boys. Jagger will be 2 in May and Landon was just born on January 15, 2015. Landon Lowell was born at Mercy Hospital with no complications and was released Saturday January 17th to go home and enjoy his new family. Older brother Jagger does not know what to think of baby yet! 
On January 19th Amphai woke up with numbness and loss of motor function in her right hand. She thought she just slept on it wrong and the numbness would eventually subside on its own. She was not able to pick up her newborn baby or care for her toddler. Later on Amphai developed the worst migraine of her life and it was accompanied with minor facial weakness. She was fortunate that she had her sister and husband close by to help. Amphai decided to sleep the migraine off and pray that the function in her hands would return. Unfortunately the next day the symptoms were getting a lot worse and so she decided to go to the ER where the tested her for a stroke. Test results were negative for a stroke but the MRI showed a 4 cm Meningenoma, a type of brain tumor. She had to undergo neurosurgery and the mass has been removed but she has a long road to recovery.
Amphai and her family would appreciate any support that is offered such as thoughts and prayers, coming over to give the boys hugs and kisses or monetary donations. Amphai will be enrolled in a 24 hour skilled rehabilitation facility until she can care for herself and boys. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jannet VanVang.

Amphai went in for a routine check up and MRI for an 8 week followup. The doctors discovered an abscess growing in the area where the tumor was removed. She was andmitted into the hospital immediately and was on the table for her second neurosurgery within an hour of her appointment. The surgery was a success but they had to remote a piece of her skull which was infected.  She would be on IV antibiotics through a PICC line for at least 6 weeks. If all goes well she will have to undergo a 3rd surgery to put in a titanium plate where the skull is missing the bone. 

The family is asking for any help you can give for medical costs. 3 craniotomies are not cheap. Also, she has had family help with taking care of the two babies. Her mother has taken UNPAID FMLA leave for 6 months to see that her daughter and grandchildren are taken care of. This is a special loving family whom are deserving of help. Please consider what you can do to help. Anything is appreciated, even prayers and well wishes! 
Thank you all and God Bless!


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