Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Well, Mike was a little sneaky snake with that last Birthday post. That is why he kept asking me to update Kaidence's blog.

Mike covered most of the day in the last blog. We did get some good news this afternoon. Dr. Everritt came in today and told us that the hospital feels that they are ready to take a step forward and have given permission to do the "Berlin Heart" here at Primary's if Kaidence needs it. What a blessing, we don't have to move. She and I were both shocked at how fast the hospital directors, surgeons and staff all gave the OK. She said that the "stars all aligned today and that everything fell into place". Surgeons have been on the phone today calling other surgeons to discuss protocol and everything else. However, the nursing staff has only had training on the device by working on a cow. Not too sure how I feel about that, but the Lord will provide what is needed if that is what he wants for Kaidence. Dr. Everritt said that whether or not Kaidence needs the Berlin Heart that she will have impacted so many lives because she has made it so Primary's has committed to the program, and given the funding to purchase all of the equipment needed to do the surgery and care for her after. They now will be able to give hundreds of children a better chance at life. The hospital is starting to order all of the fancy equipment today so that if Kaidence needs it we can do the surgery next week. After everything is set up next week the team can be here in 24 hours after being notified to provided support for the surgery and nursing. This is such a big step for this hospital and a blessing to all of the families in the region that Primary's provides care for. I can't help but think that maybe this is why Kaidence is going through what she is. Because of her condition and her serious need for more options to save her life, people have looked outside of the box and this will save the lives of many children for years to come. It gives me some peace knowing that some good has come from this. Good that will bless the lives of so many whether or not Kaidence knows it. Thank You for the prayers. They HAVE made a difference!


Unknown said...

Mike and Shauntelle that is great news for Kaidence. We will continue to keep her and your family in our prayers. Happy Birthday Shauntelle:)
The Ostler Family

Kristi said...

Mike and Shauntelle, That is wonderful news for Kaidence. And incredible how the staff there is responding. Happy Birthday, Shauntelle! I've been thinking of you today. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Kristi V.

Denise said...

Hope you had a Happy Birthday! I'm sure this is one Birthday you'll never forget.

After yesterdays storm of gloomy news you defiantly needed a ray of sunshine today. The way everything fell into place for the Berlin heart, I know the Lord had his hand in this miracle. Kaidence has already been a medical miracle and I'm proud that she will pave the way for other children. I'm so thankful for the power of prayer and for the faith and prayers of everyone, this is absolutely what keeps Shauntelle and Mike going. Thanks for the love and support you've given to their family

Love - Mom and Dad

Kinder family said...

That is wonderful news that PCMC is willing to do that. And to think of all the children it is going to help in the future. Just knowing that they are willing to start it for your beautiful little girl. We will continue to pray for your wonderful family. Sheri keeps asking "Do Stephensons need a sitter yet, for the boys?" she is so willing to help. Shauntelle I hope you had a Happy Birthday.