Tuesday Night Update

I just got off the phone with Shane and he filled me in on the events of the rest of the day.

Avery has been successfully placed on ECMO. However, they had to open her chest and place the cannulas directly into her heart instead of going through the veins in her neck, due to her heart condition. Also, because of this new development Avery has been moved to the CVICU and out of NICU. Shane said it's hard for him to see her this way, but he knows these measures are what it takes to save her life.

Since being place on ECMO all of her numbers have stablized and everyone seems happy with how she is fairing this evening.

Carissa will be (hopefully) up and walking in the next few minutes. From what I have heard, discharge is still scheduled for tomorrow if all goes well.

Shane mentioned that Kaitlyn is having a particulary hard time being away from both her parents and understanding why Avery is suddenly consuming all of Shane's time. She is at a hotel with her grandparents, so we know she is in good hands, but please say a prayer for Kaitlyn tonight...that she will be reassured of her parents' love for her and that she will develop an understanding of what is going on with her baby sister. Shane said they are going to try to let Kaitlyn visit Avery tomorrow.

Please, keep the Keirseys in your prayers tonight, as I know you all will.


  1. AnonymousMay 12, 2009

    I have a baby in the NICU and know how scary it can be. I have added your blog to my tough cookie prayer list. Looking forward to hearing good news each day!

  2. I am praying for your princess warrior. Avery is beautiful. I am also praying for Kaitlyn. We are thinking of you

  3. Avery is in our Prayers as well as your whole family. God Bless and Prayers coming your way.

    The Irvin's

  4. Your family is in my prayers. I am praying for strength and a fighting spirit for all of you, especially Miss Avery and for Kaitlyn to have peace.

  5. I have been praying for you guys all day. I will continue to do so. I hope that Kaitlyn has an "okay" night. I hope that you are able to get some rest and that Avery continues to improve. Much love and many prayers coming your way. ( I will now be stalking your blog.:-) )

  6. judi barbaraMay 13, 2009

    prayers, love, hugs - sending them in waves for sweet Avery and our Katie macaroni (Auntie Judi and Uncle Paul love you sweetheart). He is still holding your hands. Stay faithful dear friends.
    Love, Judi

  7. Alice FraneyMay 13, 2009

    Karissa, Shane, Kaitlyn, Chris, and Charlotte, prayers are coming from Colorado Springs as we think about all of you and hope for the best. I was not able to get the pictures of Avery at work and will try again at home. We are staying in touch with Ryan and the Heinrichs. We send love and all the prayers we can muster. Alice Franey

  8. So glad to hear things are going well! Take each moment as it comes! One step forward two back till the hurdles are over come! We are praying for your family!! Love Ya--Sending HUGS! Kathy Rae