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Rally for Claire (Evans) Lanthier

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Raised by 582 people in 6 months
Created August 4, 2018
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Zachary Lanthier
Zack and Claire Lanthier were married in July 2017 and a year later, were very excited to welcome their first child into the world. The pregnancy was going well until complications started to emerge. Then the beginnings of a heart-breaking nightmare began to unfold.

Little Aaron was born prematurely on Wednesday, August 1st and was delivered by emergency C-section. His health took a sharp downturn when he suddenly stopped breathing. Aaron was taken to the ICU where it was discovered he had an infection. Worse, Claire also came down with an infection that required immediate surgery. It was so aggressive, that Claire had four separate surgeries to remove all of it (it had invaded a large amount of tissue including several organs). The doctors worked frantically to eradicate the infection, but sadly, didn't expect her to live.  By a miracle, Claire has beat the odds, but she is still in critical condition. As with any medical treatment, the cost (so far) of treating her and her newborn son has been astronomical. Zack has been with his wife the entire time so their income has stopped. The continued treatment and recovery will take months and will certainly be financially devastating. 

It is hard to determine how much all the bills will add up to, but Zack and Claire are in urgent need of financial assistance to help them cover all the costs and stay on their feet. 

In the meantime, prayers are requested and much appreciated. We hope that in your charity, you are able to help in some way so this beautiful young couple  and their newborn son make it through this very trying time.
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Hello all! Claire again! I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas! We were able to spend lots of time with friends and family over the holiday; the best Christmas of them all, no doubt.
Aaron was quite the main attraction, with some relatives having not met him yet. Luckily, he was not spoiled this Christmas, but I’m dreading the next! That Grammy and Grandpa! ;)
His little personality is starting to show now and he’s quite the flirt. Tipping the scales at 18 lbs still, he’s been tasting certain textures and definitely is not a fan of scrambled eggs! His nutritionist (who is helping his gut heal after so many antibiotics in the hospital) wants him sitting up on his own before he really starts eating. Gotta work on his tummy time and head control.
We are definitely ending 2018 with one last bang as we are all getting over a 24hr bug that’s going around. Luckily, Grammy hasn’t been hit yet, so she is taking care of Aaron, as I, who got off easy with just a little nausea, get to finally return a bit of the favor by taking care of my honey, Zack. Crumbs in comparison to what he has done for me these past several months, but it makes me feel useful. ;)
We again cannot thank you enough for your unceasing prayers and generous contributions, especially for making our Christmas a little brighter, as we head into the New Year. So many things to be appreciative of and so many blessings to look forward to having gone through such a life altering event. If ever there was a time for a “resolutions list”, now is it!
We hope to keep you all up to date as often as we can, and please be assured you are all remembered in our prayers nonetheless. God bless you and a happy (and healthy) New Year to you!

Love Zack, Claire, and “the chubs”
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Hey all! Claire here, finally. Zack and I thought this to be the perfect time to reach out after recently having Aaron conditionally baptized and Christmas fast approaching.
We have never had such a trying time, nor such a blessed one,as we have had in only a few short months. We never imagined in our wildest dreams that the day we would undergo something as natural as childbirth our lives would be so changed. We cannot write about it without becoming emotional and our eyes filling with tears at our losses, but most especially for everything we have gained.
Though I have to live with all the physical damages, luckily I do not remember any of the countless procedures, operations or pains that accompanied them. The brain’s (and God’s) way of coping. Zack, who may not have endured the bodily trauma I did, certainly was left to watch me undergo all this suffering, which is no easy task for a spouse, as he stayed devotedly by my side day and night.
But of course there are no words to express our gratitude to all who helped us through this time, and are still helping us, in whatever way possible. As many of you heard, the word spread far and quick about our needs, both spiritual and financial. Please know that our suffering was certainly offered for all of you as your small but mighty army united in prayer at such a critical time, and rest assured that the funds that were donated are a great help with Zack needing to stop work to care for me, as well as helping with a new baby’s needs.
The ways of God are a mystery and it was His will that Aaron and I should be here with you still. For what purpose, it may be hard to say, but Zack and I have grown exceedingly as a couple from this experience in the Faith. We consider this trial a great blessing knowing that we have learned so much in these few short months which sometimes takes others to learn in a lifetime. It would be hard to sum up exactly everything that entails, but for us it was particularly eye opening to the endless charity of everyone in our lives, and even those not in it.
Everyone speaks of “the power of prayer” but we truly believe it has never struck so hard nor rung so loud in one voice as it did the day I went in to surgery with little chance of survival.
Since our initial discharge, we have made several more trips to the ER. I was admitted on two of these occasions, first, for a blockage in my gallbladder which led to my liver flaring up, and also inflammation of my colon, both for which I was put on antibiotics; second, for active Cdiff with colon inflammation (caused by having my gut wiped out with the previous antibiotics) only to be treated with even more antibiotics. The doctors claim that none of these problems are caused directly from the necrotizing fasciitis (or “nec fasc” as it’s called in the medical world) but a possible result of the many surgeries I underwent (ie. stress, food sensitivity, trauma , etc)
My current position is stable, having stayed away from the hospital for over a month now (thanks be to God), and all we can do is take life one day at a time. My wounds from the skin grafts are healing very well and I am glad to no longer be seeing several doctors a week like we had been with our initial discharge. With 20% of my body having been removed life has certainly changed and many limitations have to be overcome, some may always exist. Though I have been told I look like the picture of health on the outside, I recommend you google search nec fasc, if you have not yet done so, to get a better idea of what this means.It is a very debilitating disease and I still take several strong painkillers and narcotics as the healing process continues and nerves regenerate, but I am slowly but surely coming off of them.
Zack, as mentioned, has stopped working to care for me, most of which entails showering, cleaning and dressing the wound sites that were grafted with new skin, as well as meal prep, medication administration, driving to doctor visits, etc. He has learned a lot in the lengthy stay at the hospital and gave himself the official title of my home health RN, very worthy of it indeed, as his vigilant part in all of this often went unacknowledged. I did not know what a devoted and caring man I had married until now...I don’t know where I would be without him.
We have now taken Aaron into our care full time (thank goodness for family at home to have cared for him while I was hospitalized), a healthy 18 pounds and counting! We are very blessed to have breastmilk donated to him from several resources and he has now started eating solids since he turned 4 months on the first. He’ll be sure to be big and strong like his papa...Great Gramma claims he’ll be the Pope!
He had his conditional baptism several weeks ago, as I mentioned, since he was baptized in emergency by Zack in the hospital shortly after he started having health problems of his own. We are blessed everyday by the sound of his nonstop chatter and giggling filling the walls of our home. Such a happy boy to have gone through so much! (Baptismal video found here: https://youtu.be/94e9P_0XLMM)

We again thank you for your unceasing prayers and generosity as we continue everyday in the grace of God’s goodness, truly happy to be alive. Your charity has taken a great burden from our shoulders and without it we wouldn’t know where we would be, and can never repay you all for your great kindness. May God shed His blessings on each and everyone of you as He has done for us! Merry Christmas! And thank you once again!!!

Zack, Claire, and baby Aaron :)
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October 7, 2018

After lots of tests, poking, and prodding, the doctors haven't really reached a conclusion -- mostly guesses -- as to what is going on with Claire.

But things have gotten back to some semblance of "normal" so the hospital is discharging her tomorrow (Monday, October 8) to head back home to be with Aaron, Zack, and family.

The saga continues, as God leads this incredible family down a path of His choosing, for His honor and glory.

Please continue to offer prayers!
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October 5, 2018

When Zack brought Claire into the ER the other day, Claire's BP was dangerously low they were told that Claire was septic. So yes, another life-threatening scare.

Claire had paracentesis (removal of fluid in the belly) today. The doctors are trying to figure out why she has been experiencing pain in that region and what is in the fluid. They were also supposed to do an MRI on the liver.

So more tests, more IV's, more time in the hospital (and some pretty cruddy food now that she is on the hospital floor instead of in ICU o the burn unit). And now, head-scratching from the hospital staff as they try to figure out what is going on.

Many of you know that Zack and Claire were going to throw a big "Welcome Home" party tomorrow (Saturday, October 5), but that had to be cancelled because obviously, Claire is not home.

Please offer some First Friday and First Saturday prayers for Zack, Claire, and Aaron. They're free to give and they do wonders. Thank you!
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