Monday, June 30, 2008

A Prayer Request

I was going to post pictures of our mini vacation today, but something more urgent than my beach pictures has come up.

My niece, Rachael, is about 3 weeks further along in her pregnancy than I am. This is her and her husband John's second child. Because of severely high blood pressure in her first pregnancy, their son, Elijah, had to be delivered by emergency c-section at only 28 weeks. He spent the first six months of his life in a children's hospital. Thank the Lord he is a happy, healthy, typical 3 year old little boy now.

Rachael and John went for their sonogram this past Friday. They discovered they are having another precious little boy. The doctor also discovered cysts on the baby's brain. His gut feeling is that this baby has Trisomy 18. There is a 1% survival rate in a child with Trisomy 18. To say Rachael and John are devastated is an understatement.

They have an appointment with the perinatologist on Wednesday to determine if this is, in fact, Trisomy 18. I would be ever so grateful if y'all would lift them up in prayer. Please pray for peace and strength during this time. Please pray for a correct diagnosis. And if you are ever so bold, please pray for ultimate healing. We know the Great Physician is in control and he CAN heal this baby if He so wills.

Thanks so much y'all. I'll keep you updated.


Anonymous said...

Thank you Michelle so much for including Rachael and John in your blog. I know that if anyone has a hand in helping others, it would be you. It means more than you know for you to extend yourself to let others know of what is happening with Rachael and John.

mindi said...

Awww - I am so sorry. I will pray for them, and I know God can do anything. I pray it is His will to heal this child.

Sgt and Mrs Hub said...

I will be praying for Rachael and all involved. Have you ever read the blog Bring the Rain? It might be encouraging for your sweet niece.

(sorry I have NO idea how to hyperlink, though I have tried!)


Angie Smith said...

i just wanted you to know that i was here, and that i am praying. please keep me posted...

Sherian said...

Hey, Lizzie told me about Rachel. We will be praying for her and put her on our prayer list at church.

Anonymous said...

Hey Chelle,
Would you let John and Rachael, and Suzette and Jennifer know that we are praying for them. Also, there will be an email going out to the church this morning asking all to pray. We serve one mighty and awesome God!! Love, T.