Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Keep the prayers coming

Keep praying for baby Cole. Here's an update:


Allison and I wanted to thank you for your continued prayers and support. We also want to thank everyone for the cards, flowers, calls and emails that you have sent to us. We wanted to give you an update on everything that has taken place this past week. There is so much that has happened that I could literally write for hours but I am going to try to give you the quick version to solicit your prayers yet again. As soon as the twins were born they were rushed into the NICU at Women's. There is so much that goes into the process of being at the NICU that it is almost impossible to describe. It is an experience that no parent should ever have to endure. Everything seemed to be going fine with both kids when Kate's blood levels dropped. The next 7 hours took me and Kate by ambulance to Texas Children's hospital where the doctors ultimately told me that there was nothing they could do for her and that she did not have long to live. I called Allison at Women's at 6:30 in the morning to tell her how sick Kate was and that I was coming to get her so that we could be there to hold her for the first and last time. We will never fully recover from holding our little girl as she went to be with Jesus.

As bad as that was, there was no time to think because I was immediately back to the NICU where I was told Cole had to have heart surgery to repair a valve in his heart which is the same valve procedure that contributed to Kate's death. They were able to successfully repair Cole's valve and he seemed to be recovering nicely. All of his progress has been amazing and we were feeling so confident until yesterday morning. We learned that Cole has a significant brain bleed on both sides of his brain. This can be catastrophic for children, as it was for Kate, or can be as small as a bruise. Cole's situation is not without hope but we desperately need God to intervene on his behalf. Thank you for your prayers and love but please continue to pray for Cole as we have not given up hope for his health through Jesus Christ who "is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.... Ephesians 3:20

We have also created a Fund at Aid Sudan where Kate's memory might be preserved. If you feel led to give please do so from your heart and not out of any obligation to us. I will make sure that these funds are used to help the Children of Sudan come to know Jesus Christ and live healthier lives..... Donations may be received either online or by mail. Online donations may be given at www.aidsudan.org by clicking on "Donate Now". On the donation form, the amount may be entered beside "Other", which is found at the bottom of the donation options. The designation on the next line is "Kate Michelle Cattan Memorial Fund". Donations made by mail may be noted as designated for the "Kate Michelle Cattan Memorial Fund" and mailed to our address below: Aid SudanPO Box 770693Houston, TX 77215

We know that we are missing many of our friends on this email list. If you would be kind enough to forward it on to individuals who know us and who have been following our story we would be grateful. Please also send it to anyone you know who would be willing to pray for Cole during this time.


cindy gatewood said...

I am praying for this
family...my heart goes
out to them, and I hope
they will be lifted up
by thoughts and prayers.

Kristen's mom

Paige said...

We will keep your family & baby Cole in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Our hearts pour out...

Taylor & Paige Kelly

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