Fundraising for Faith and Hope

$1,370 of $20k goal

Raised by 24 people in 18 months
EM
UPDATE 2/5/15: A little more than a year ago, Eric and Elysse Mata learned they were having conjoined twins. Now at 9 months old, doctors are prepping the girls for seperation surgery. Originally set for December, their surgery has been pushed back and will take place in this month.

Since March 20th, 2014 the family has been living in houston where the girls are staying. However, Eric has recently had to return to work in Lubbock. This means driving back and forth, a 10 hour trip one way, as much as he can.

This money will help Eric continue to make the journey to be with his family, as well as aid in the families displacement which includes paying two rents, one for Elysse and Azariah as they stay in Houston with the girls and one for Eric while he works in Lubbock and prepares a home for his family. The money will also help the girls during their recovery in Houston and when they get home. Lastly as the girls surgery is coming up, it is now time for the family to start preparing to bring the girls home.

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On January 13th, Eric and Elysse Mata went to their first ultrasound

hoping to find out if they had a boy or a girl on the way. Little did they know, they were going to find out much more. The doctors informed them that they were having not one, but two girls. The girls were conjoined at the chest with a partially shared diaphragm and liver. Their chances of survival were a mere 20% which inspired their middle names, Faith and Hope. Despite the odds, on April 11th the girls were born at 31 weeks, early but healthy enough. Together they were 7lbs 9oz.

Today they are a healthy 6lbs each. Faith is still breathing with the support of a c-pap machine and has a feeding tube. Hope is starting to eat from a bottle. Once they reach full term and are eating and breathing without assistance, they can go home. This is only the beginning as they will be prepping for separation surgery when they are about 8 months followed by rehabilitation.

To get ready for separation, at 4-6 months, the doctors will put in tissue expanders. These expanders will stretch the skin and will require weekly trips to the hospital to add saline. It will take 6-8 weeks for the skin to stretch enough to cover the area after separation. After seraration, the girls will go to a rehab center to catch up-- learn to balance on their own, crawl, and walk.
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Update 3
18 months ago
GLORY BE TO GOD! My beautiful baby girls were successfully seperated on February 18, 2015. A HUGE thank you to everyone who supported us on our journey and stood by our side throughout one of the most difficult times in our lives. Every little prayer mattered, and every little bit of encouragement that we received means the world to us!

Their road home is still ahead of us, so please continue to keep the girls in your prayers.

To see the girls story, stayed tuned to Nightline tonight on ABC at 11:30 PM.
Before the girls went into the operating room.
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Update 2
18 months ago
Videos shared by Texas Children's Hospital in Houston, TX where the girls are staying.
Texas Children's
The girl's first surgery
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Update 1
18 months ago
Some pictures of the girls
Baptism
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Suzanne Wilson
18 months ago

My prays are with these beautiful baby girls .. hope and pray they both come fine and health. .

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$1,370 of $20k goal

Raised by 24 people in 18 months
Created February 22, 2015
EM
Eric Mata     LUBBOCK, TX
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18 months ago
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18 months ago
Suzanne Wilson
18 months ago

My prays are with these beautiful baby girls .. hope and pray they both come fine and health. .

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