Phight for Olivia

Olivia is one of the sweetest 11 year old girls you will ever know.  During the summer of 2014, she was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension.  She went from being a care free dancer to fighting for each breath.  Now Olivia and her family need your help more than ever.  This morning, Olivia went into cardiac arrest and CPR was performed for over an hour.  She is currently on an ECMO machine helping her heart and lungs.  It is a life-saving technique that mimics the natural function of the heart and lungs, allowing Olivia to rest while natural healing of the affected organs takes place. She is not on the transplant list at this time.  Also, the doctors are checking for brain activity due to CPR being performed for so long.  

Pulmonary hypertension is a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in the lungs and the right side of your heart.

Pulmonary hypertension begins when tiny arteries in your lungs, called pulmonary arteries, and capillaries become narrowed, blocked or destroyed. This makes it harder for blood to flow through your lungs, and raises pressure within your lungs' arteries. As the pressure builds, your heart's lower right chamber (right ventricle) must work harder to pump blood through your lungs, eventually causing your heart muscle to weaken and eventually fail.

Pulmonary hypertension is a serious illness that becomes progressively worse and is sometimes fatal. Although pulmonary hypertension isn't curable, treatments are available that can help lessen symptoms and improve your quality of life.

This sweet girl needs your prayers and support.  If you can't donate, please pray and share this page.  The family is extremely grateful and appreciative for your generosity.  Positive and encouraging comments are welcome.  A facebook page is also being set up for Olivia and I will share once complete.  Thank you!


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Stephanie Barnett-Selk 
Topeka, KS
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