Medical Expenses For Stella Jean
Stella Jean Rison was born July 30th, 2018. We knew she would be born a unique little girl from the beginning. At our 20 week anatomy scan we found out she would be born with a brain malformation, one working kidney, and a possible heart defect. At 9:52 she was brought into the world and was admitted to the NICU for evaluation. She had a scan of her heart and they didn’t see the same things that they had seen in utero, things looked better! We spent 4 days in the NICU and were able to leave the hospital and go home together. Days and weeks went by and everything seemed good. She was admitted to the hospital for possible seizure on September 3rd. We have had a bumpy road since then. On September 20th we had an ultrasound of her heart and it showed a large hole and pulmonary hypertension. Less than a week later we were admitted because she was struggling to breathe. She became worse very quickly. She is now on life support and fighting for her life. Dr. Hammel performed a heart surgery that he had only done on one other baby and it has only ever been done 50 times in the world. We are fighting the pulmonary hypertension and if it doesn’t come down we are out of options. Our biggest thing we are asking people is to pray for Stella. We pray that she continues to fight. We also ask for prayers for her family.+ Read More
Stella has made improvements! She recently got off her RAM ventilator support and went to heated high flow which she can be transferred out of the PICU and to a different floor on that. They are still working to get her medication just right for her pulmonary hypertension but she has made tremendous improvements this past week! She is being weaned from her sedatives and is much more alert! Thank you to everyone who has prayed and supported Stella’s family through this very tough time, they are truly blessed! And appreciate your kind words and support!
On 10/17 Dr. Hammel was able to get her chest closed but she was having really bad arrhythmias so she was placed on a pacemaker. The arrhythmias lasted a couple of days and then they decided to take her off the pacemaker because it wasn’t helping like they would have liked and she was becoming more rhythmic. She is still on a ventilator and they were trying to wean her off the oxygen but on 10/21 she went into respiratory distress and needed more ventilator support. The last few days she has done really well and are slowly making progress again. Thank you to everyone for supporting us and praying for us! Stella is still fighting!
On 10/10 Stella was able to come off of life support. She is still on a ventilator with her chest open. Dr. Hammel thinks there might be a stricture in her aorta and by dilating it with a stent her pressures might be better. Her pulmonary hypertension has actually been stable with the help of medication. We are improving everyday. We want to ask everyone to keep praying for Stella and her family and friends. Stella has not given up and God has big things in store for her! We want to thank everyone for the donations and prayers! It is so overwhelming to see how many people care!