Taking the Pressure Off

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Raised by 103 people in 15 months
Created November 6, 2017
Annecca Gaeta is a bright, bubbly third grader at the school where I work as a teacher, but all that changed when she got sent down to the school office with a terrible stomach ache.
     It was soon discovered that Annecca's lower intestine was twisted and blocked by a massive, baseball-sized cyst. She was rushed into emergency surgery to remove the cyst and repair the damaged section of her lower intestine. During her second surgery HALF of her lower intestine was removed. We are praying that the remaining half pinks back up and regains functionality. Today Annecca's third surgery was scheduled. The doctors are now concerned that her lungs could collaspe from the stress her body is having to endure. 
     Annecca will be in the ICU for weeks, or even months. She has had multiple tests and surgeries, and has met with several anesthesiologists and doctors. The debts incurred are going to be astronomically difficult. We in the community--her teachers, friends, family and neighbors-- want to help in any way we can. Please help remove their financial stress, so the family can focus on Annecca's well-being and recovery. Thank you so much!

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An update from Brooke (Annecca's mom)

These last 6 weeks have been a new way of life. Annecca is hooked up to TPN and G tube feeds for 20 hours a day. She is able to eat small baby size bites. Which generally she doesn't keep down. She has had chronic vomiting (not normal) 2-4 times a day expelling 800ml of fluid per time. She has had lots of emotional ups and downs and doesn't understand why something so horrible had to happen to her.

Annecca had recently started back to school this week for 1/2 days. Which had been so good! She loves to socialize with everyone. She has had several follow up appointment's with the surgeon and GI doctor.

This week on Thursday, January 4, 2018 we came back to the hospital for an imaging test. To see if her stomach and small intestine where functioning properly due to her chronic vomiting. 5 hours of testing revealed that she had a blockage and a very distended stomach and small intestine. The only option was another surgery. We were then readmitted to primary children's hospital. The surgery was 4 hours long.

During the course of the surgery they removed an additional 5 cm of bad intestine. They also did something called intestinal rehabilitation or lengthening. To our dismay, Annecca now has only about 13% left of her small intestine.

She has also developed severe irritation from her Picc line. Our insurance still refuses to cover her G tube feeds, pump and bags. The expenses are overwhelming. Why can't they understand that the TPN and G tube feeds is what keeps her alive?

We are now back to square one,
back to waking up the bowel all over again, back to walking bent over, back to gas pains, back to not eating or drinking orally for at least a week, back to healing her body, and back to longing to be with her teachers and friends.

We will always be grateful for our miracle girl! We hope her story will inspire others to share her story and to never take eating, drinking or using the restroom normally for granted.

(Please continue to pray for Annecca and the entire Gaeta family. Please help by sharing the Go Fund me link (perhaps again) in hopes of continuing to help lesson their burden. Thank you so much!)
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From Brooke (Annecca’s mom) a few days prior to Thanksgiving-

It seems she takes three steps forward and five steps backwards. She is being such a trooper, such a strong and courageous girl!

Her eating hasn’t been the best the last two days. She has hardly been ingesting anything by mouth. Eating has become an undesirable activity, as everything continues to run straight through her. We are continuing to pray for miracles to happen.

Even though her little body has been through a lot, doctors are amazed at how well she’s recuperating. A few days ago she had her staples removed!

She still can’t stand up straight and walks like an old person hunched over, and she has been a trooper during painful physical therapy sessions.

The last two days she has been able to be off of her lines and tubes for only four hours or so at a time, but she has the ability to feel a little bit of freedom and normality while she continues her stay at the hospital.

(Annecca was released to go home soon after I received this update! Brooke is anxious and worried about the care she will need. Annecca and her family will be learning a new normal, which will include on-going therapy, bowel issues, alternate/ modified nutrition and care for her gestational tube and picc line. Thank you for your donations, continued support and prayers!)

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From Brooke (Annecca's mom)

We are so grateful for all your continued prayers!!! Everyday she is improving. She has been moved out of ICU, which is a huge blessing!

She has been a bit nauseated, but yesterday she walked again with my help. It's funny how you didn't think you would be grateful for your daughter taking her first steps again. It is the simple things in life that truly mean the most.

We as human beings take so much for granted. Love your loved ones everyday like every day is their last! Thanks again for the prayers, well wishes and help!
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Update from Brooke (Annecca's mom)

The 4th surgery went well. The G Tube was put in and they closed her up. They were planning on removing the ventilator after surgery, but left her on it because she was having a hard time breathing.
They have been watching her right lung. It hasn't sounded well. I hope she doesn't have another infection!! It is killing me to see her this way!
Thank you for all your love, concerns and prayers. Thanks so much!!!
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Raised by 103 people in 15 months
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