I feel it’s rare for any of us to get to be a part of something so incredibly special. But there is an opportunity to make life a little easier during the Holidays for Louie’s family. He has 3 brothers, Tony (15), Luke (12), and Vinny (4)and a Mom and Dad (Whitney and Matt) who have spent their lives down in the PICU at Lebonheurs Children’s Hospital in Memphis, Tn praying for Louie’s healing so that he can be, once again, at home with his family.
For those unfamiliar with Louie’s story, Louie was born 5 years ago with Ventricular Septal Defect (VSD) and Tetralogy of Fallott with Pulmonary Atresia. He was also born with Duodenal Atresia. This began Louie’s first of several extensive stays at Lebonheur Children’s Hospital, as major corrective heart surgery was a necessity. I feel I would not be doing Louie and his family justice by trying to explain everything he has endured and overcome in the past 5 years. But, I can assure you, it’s quite a lot. There have been several moments where louie’s life was in question. He is most certainly a fighter!!! Louie is a living example of our God’s mercy and grace. He has been prayed over by many and has a family that believes in God’s sovereignty above all else. Matt and Whitney have always had the courage and strength to release Louie into God’s hands, even if that meant giving him back to the Lord. As a parent, i can’t even imagine having to be in the place of giving up my child.
Lil’ Louie, to this day, has fought the fight of living. And not just living but thriving! His story is not just a story of illness, surgeries, and hospital stays. His life is also a story of promise, of thriving when and where no one expected. He has the best laugh! He loves going to school and learning. He loves his teachers. He loves to walk and play with his brothers, hold his mommy’s hand, and get bedtime arm rubs by his Dad. He is amazing and a joy!!!
Well, December 4th, 2017, The unimaginable happened. Louie went into septic shock that developed from a Strep infection. He went down hill fast and within a few days, he was placed on ECMO, went into kidney failure and had to be placed on dialysis, and suffered a brain bleed. At this moment he is, once again, fighting for his life. He has spent almost 4 weeks in the PICU, but still defying odds on a daily basis. He is living!
Many people have followed Louie’s journey over the years and have never ceased praying for Louie, for his healing, for his family, and their emotional well being. These prayers have been coveted by the Marcuzzo Family! Thank you!
Over the past few weeks, many have asked how they can help relieve burdens they are facing. I believe that helping this sweet family financially would relieve so many burdens for them. We can only imagine the stress caused by the fear of losing a child, let alone the financial burden of having a child in PICU for 4 weeks and counting. It’s certainly more than i can fathom. Matt and Whitney have 3 other children to emotionally, physically, and financially care for.
I believe that as a group of people who love and respect this family as much as we do, we can make a huge impact in this family’s life by temporarily relieving them of financial burden. Please consider giving to this most deserving family. The smallest donation can make such a big difference!
If you would like to become more familiar with Louie’s story and join us in praying for him, please feel free to join Lil’ Louie’s Army on Facebook.
I have also included a few pics of Louie and his family. Please Share!
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