Shirley Anne's Heart
Shirley will need open heart surgery a few days after she is born and will be in the NICU for several weeks post surgery. The length of her hospital stay will vary depending on how strong she is at birth, and how quickly she recovers from surgery. Shirley will also need multiple follow-up surgeries to correct her heart throughout her life.
Brianna will be quitting her job a month before Shirley comes in order to keep up with all the doctor's appointments required for her pregnancy. Joseph will be taking several weeks off work after she is born to be with his family in the hospital. They will be staying in Seattle while Shirley is in the NICU at Seattle Childrens Hospital. All the funds will go towards whatever medical bills they will be responsible for, lost time at work and living accomodations in Seattle.
Brianna and Joseph attended the University of Puget Sound together and graduated in 2014. They began dating only a few months afterward and were married the following year. They are so excited about having children and can't wait to welcome precious Shirley into their family.
Shirley had surgery today and it went very well. This is a huge milestone in her treatment and the first of multiple surgeries needed throughout her life. Thank you all for the amazing support we are so blessed to have an amazing community of people that love us. Thank you for your prayers as well. Brianna and I have had a lot of peace during this whole process and we believe that God has granted us that during this very uncertain time.
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Brianna's due date is tomorrow!!! We are so excited about Shirley's arrival! If Shirley doesn't come before the 26th Brianna will be induced. So by this time next week she will certainly be born.
We published a blog/website to keep people informed about her condition. Shirley will need multiple surgeries throughout her life and we are using this as a way for people to follow her progress long term.
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