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Please help baby Lily!

The sweet baby girl of one mother who participated here not too long ago is very ill right now and needs help. I remember, several months ago, when this mama went into labor and birthed her triplets at home – I don’t know Kathryn personally, but her story was all over parenting message boards and we all checked in at mothering.com to see how her labor was going. I was excited and honored when she decided to share her pictures here. And last night, again through the internet grapevine, I heard her little baby girl was very, very sick. Here is a quote from Kathryn’s most recent update:

I’m really not in much of a mood to update right now, so it’s going to be very short.

The MRI was done today and showed severe brain damage. The neurologist told us that Lily will likely never breathe or eat on her own again. It will be about a week before we know if her brain is going to continue to swell and die or not. Regardless, they know that the extent of the damage is bad enough that she will be severely mentally delayed and possibly never live off life support. She has E. Coli and almost 100% certain she has meningitis. She displays all the symptoms and problems of it, but she’s not been stable enough for a spinal to confirm it.

Needless to say, this family needs help. Kathryn is hoping for as many good thoughts and wishes to be sent Lily’s way as possible. If you would like to help out financially as well, they have posted more information at their Care Pages website (you will have to register for free and then search for “LilyMathis” typed just like that).

I am going to send them a chunk of the proceeds from this site and as many good thoughts as I possibly can.

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10 comments… add one

  • Jessica Kitchens Sunday, February 25, 2007, 10:17 pm

    OMG, how awful. I will definately remember to pray for little Lily.

  • Hailee Sunday, February 25, 2007, 10:54 pm

    I am terribly sorry to hear about your baby girl… be strong mama! She needs you to be strong for her… I will pray for you and your family.
    God Bless

  • Carrie Monday, February 26, 2007, 10:15 am

    She will be in my thoughts too, especially since our daughters share the same name. I don’t know what I would do if my Lily was ill.

  • Tasha Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 5:31 pm

    Oh my… i’m so very sorry for her right now.. sheesh.

    Hey can you please email me her blog, or wherever she updates??

  • bonnie Wednesday, February 28, 2007, 7:14 pm

    Tasha, you can click the link in the post and you will have to register, but you can find her page by typing in the info in my entry up there.

    But here’s her most current update:

    “February 26, 2007 at 02:10 PM CST

    We took her breathing tube out this morning at 10:30 am. She’s doing good. Having a bit of trouble keeping her spit and snot out of her lungs, but other than that, she’s good. She’s on heli-oxy (70% helium, 30% oxygen) through a nasal canula. Her respirations are great, her blood oxygen is 100%.
    We also took out her catheter and her ng tube. Her ng tube will probably go back in once her swelling in her throat goes down.
    I got to hold her for 1 1/2 hours. I’d have held her longer, but I forgot to eat this morning and I felt faint.”

  • Amber Thursday, March 22, 2007, 8:22 am

    Hi, this story saddens me very much! I can’t imagine how hard what you’re going through is, but I send best wishes your way and may God Bless your little blessing! Good Luck!

  • Therese Saturday, April 21, 2007, 4:57 pm

    I just saw a beautiful story about her homebirth and medical struggles;
    I will also continue prayer!

  • Lindsey Friday, August 17, 2007, 9:23 pm

    I just wanted to say that i am so sorry for your little girl. I will pray for you with all my heart. God will look over you all and help you through.

  • melissa Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 9:32 am

    im very sorry about ur daughter and i hope everything is gonna be ok she will be ok as long as god is watching over her

  • Pixie Sunday, December 30, 2007, 11:53 pm

    I’m far too familiar with the stresses of having a baby in hospital as my baby was born almost 3 months early. It’s not easy, and it does sound like she’s improving a lot with her breathing. Much love and hope being sent from Oz.

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