Thursday, April 7, 2011

Continued prayers requested ...

Remember this family? The Hardys are currently in the midst of the battle of their lifetimes. A battle in which their daughter, Clara, only 13 days old, is leading the fight. Very bravely, I might add.

Clara had surgery to repair the hole in her diaphragm last week at Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC. The surgery was a success. The recovery, however, has been slow going and lately they have experienced a series of setbacks and complications.

Without getting into the details (which I wouldn't describe correctly anyway), it's important for you to know that currently, Clara (and her parents) are now facing an incredibly uncertain future.

Her mom writes on their blog, "While they do not feel like we are just postponing the inevitable, the treatments that we are trying are becoming increasingly reactive to Clara's complications, and we are getting further and further back from square one. They did not say it out loud, but their subtext and eyes said enough: Clara's chances of overcoming all of the obstacles between where she is and where she needs to be to survive long-term are slim."

I am amazed at the love and trust in the Lord that her parents, Robert and Chrissy, are displaying through this struggle. Regardless. I know what it's like to be in the hospital with a sick(ish) baby, facing an outcome that you can't predict. It's terrible. Actually, it's worse than terrible. It's sometimes unbearable.And now, the outlook for bringing Clara home is beginning to dwindle but they, and we, refuse to give up hope that a miracle can be performed.

So, once again, I'm asking for your prayers for this little girl. Pray that she will be healed. That her hypertension will subside and she can once again, start on the road to recovery. Pray for her parents, that they can continue to remain strong. That they will be able to bring home a healthy baby at the end of this.

Also, pray that, if this isn't His will for her, that her parents will know peace and acceptance. That they can rejoice in the short time that they have had with her and continue their steadfast faith in God.

If you want to read more about Clara, or leave a message of support for her family, click here to visit their blog.

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