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Love for Josh and Deb Zylstra

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Raised by 145 people in 1 month
Created January 3, 2018
On Monday, January 1 2018, the members of Hope CRC in Brantford were informed that Deb Zylstra was very sick in a hospital in Ohio after she collapsed while she with her husband Josh and 4 children had gone to visit over their Christmas break.

Deb was airlifted today to a hospital in Columbus Ohio where she is in critical condition in ICU.  She has severe pneumonia and influenza.  Her body and her heart are under severe stress.  Josh was also in the hospital but was released today.  The children are on their way home with their grandmother and family friends who went to pick them up.  Their 4 children (ages 9 months - 6 years) are also not well.

Many of their family and friends are looking for ways to help.  Josh and Deb do have travel and medical coverage
but it was suggested a Go Fund Me page to help ease the stress of the unexpected financial burden of accomodations and travel costs, etc.  

At this time, please bring this family before the throne of grace, that our Saviour would bring healing to this busy young mother and that they could all be reunited in good health.  Please pray for Josh and all the family during this difficult time as Josh is off of work due to a concussion he received several weeks ago. Please pray for the children during this time of seperation as they are not well themselves.  Please pray for the medical staff that are caring for Deb and that her body would respond to the treatments.  Please pray for travelling mercies for the children and those who have travelled so many miles to bring them back to Canada.  Please also pray for the immediate Zylstra family who is also suffering from this virus.  As this is a very difficult time for Josh, Sarah Statema (Josh's sister) is helping with this campaign.
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So much has happened since an update was last posted, Deb is now in Hamilton, Ontario - recovering in hospital under the careful care of many doctors and nurses. Today some amazing steps were take - literally!!!! Deb was able to take a few steps down the hall with the help of her physio team and her trach and feeding tube were both removed - PRAISE GOD!!!! Josh has been able to bring the kids to see her which is amazing as well. Please pray for patience for ALL the family at this time - so many blessings but yet such a long road of healing to travel.
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Best news! Deb had a heart function test and her output has improved from 15% to 55%! Although it still has healing to do, this is an amazing start. She still has her tracheotomy but is now starting to do exercises that will get her to the point of talking. What a difference in the last few days... Deb is starting to move a little more each day. Her ability to use the communication chart (aka a page with the all the letters of the alphabet) is getting easier as her limbs get stronger. She is able to spell out her needs and questions better each day. It is definitely a pleasure to see her personality shine through! She is smiling, she asked to be moved the the sunshine. She was able to enjoy some rays today! God has been so present in her healing! She asks Josh to pray with her each visit. Her transfer to Canada requires a lot of coordinating and could happen quickly or take days, even weeks. Please pray for patience for Deb as well as healing, as she really wants to get closer to home!
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Update from Tamara: Deb is doing well! The Drs. have decided that she is stable enough to be flown to an ICU close to home!! She is looking forward to getting back to Canada. (Although she would still prefer to go to the beach...).
OHIP is working to find an available bed and intake doctor. We do not know yet when she will come home or to what hospital...
Debs cardiologist has ordered another ECG, she had some swelling of her heart and suffered what some doctors would classify as a mini-heart attack... He was very hesitant to label it that though.
They have started to wean her off of the ventilator! She has also been able to spend a little while each day out of bed, sitting up feels really good, but is tiring...
She has a long journey of recovery ahead! Please keep her and her family in your prayers.
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Josh(posted yesterday):

Deb had a really good day today. The purpose of the procedure yesterday of moving the ecmo lines and doing the tracheotomy was to lower her sedation more and check on her cognitive function. They thought it would take two to three days for the sedation to wear off, however, this morning she was able to mouth the words “I love you” to me. My heart has been leaping for joy all day. Praise God for his healing grace! I fell asleep in her room with her until I was kicked out because visiting hours were over. I was just with her and had prayer with her before leaving her to rest till morning. She was very scared today and disoriented. She cannot speak and is trying to mouth words to us. We have to be careful not to let her over do it because she really needs to keep her oxygen levels up. Please continue to keep her and our family in your prayers! Grace and peace be with you all! With love Josh
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