I received emails from both of the Impossibly Tall Rowing Couple from my Boston small group. Little Andrew - their nephew - is still in very serious shape. I don't think that even begins to describe his condition. So I'm asking two things: 1) pray for Andrew and his parents, Mari & Eric and 2) if you know anyone in the Boston area, please pass on the suggestion of donating platelets.
Here is the latest from Andrew's website:
September 18, 2007 at 10:47 PM EDT Andrew is almost at his limits as far as support goes at the hospital. We have not given up hope yet. He has been a strong fighter and has surprised us all in the past. He has surely pulled through some other difficult situations. Although his situation is quite critical, we cannot believe it is the end and will not give up hope. Some days he looks better than others but when one positive happens, then a one or two negatives follow. He cannot seem to release the extra fluid he is retaining and his urine output is not what it should be to help him with that. He still is fighting an infection somewhere but it cannot be pinpointed. He is on so many antibiotics that none of his cultures are coming back positive but all other signs lead to some infection somewhere in his little body.
We had a big meeting with all the members of his team which include surgery, neurology, neonatal, cardio, renal and infectious disease. They have not used all the tricks up their sleeves but are close. There still seems to be that single digit of hope, it is small but we will take it. They mentioned to us that he may possibly be the sickest baby at Children's and that Children's takes people from all over the world. He was a miracle four months ago and we hope he continues to be that miracle every day. So please still keep us in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you all for praying. It is the most important and powerful thing we can offer.
Again, here is the info for donating platelets:
If you would like to donate platelets to Children's Hospital in Boston, you need to call to make an appointment at 617.355.6677.