Afternoon Update on Avery

Below is Avery's blog button. Please, feel free to add it to your blog. Thank you, Rachel, for making it for the Keirsey family.

Now, for Avery news...
I spoke with Shane just a few minutes ago and he gave me some details. I was writing things down as he was talking to make sure I didn't miss anything on the blog update...

Avery was born a little after 11:00am. When she came out she made a few sounds and tried to cry, which is a good sign. She weighs 5lbs. and 13oz. which is right about what they were told she'd weigh. She is now on the oscillating ventilator, which is a higher frequency than the regular vent. Shane said she was responding well to that. Avery did have to be resuscitated once due to a low heart rate, but Shane said she is more stable now. Her Ph levels are a little lower than they would like for them to be, but her O2 levels are good, which is another good sign. They were told that the CDH itself is a little more severe than they once thought, as there is some bowel above the diaphragm as well.

Shane and Carissa were encouraged by the positivity of the doctors and are feeling pretty good about things at this point. Shane said, "She's not out of the woods by any means, but things are looking good for now." And praise God for that!!

Shane said he and Carissa got to see Avery and touch her before she was taken to ACH. He said he has lots of pictures that he will most likely post here later today or tonight. He said she has rosy cheeks and looks a lot like her big sister, Kaitlyn.

Carissa is doing well with family and friends by her side and is receiving pain medication as needed.

As of now, Avery is being stablizied at ACH. Shane is on his way to be with Avery as we speak and he said he would let me know when there is more news to report.

I want to thank you all again for your love, support and prayers on behalf of Shane, Carissa, Kaitlyn and Avery. I know it means the world to them.


  1. I have just started following Avery's story.

    Continuing to pray and send love.

  2. AnonymousMay 12, 2009

    Just heard of Avery's story. Your family is in my prayers! ACH is just down the road from me - literally - so this definitely hits home.

  3. Praying for Avery and her family! Thoughts are with you at this time! God Bless!

  4. We put the sign on our blog. Sending loads and loads of prayers for Avery. Love the rosy cheeks. She looks strong. Hugs to you.

    Much love,
    Brooke and Kamryn's mommy