Sweet Princess. It is with heavy hearts that we share that she passed away in the wee hours just past midnight. Yesterday morning, she came through her open heart surgery with no apparent complications. By afternoon, the medical team was already discussing plans for her next procedure in 6 months following her expected recovery. The US host family spent time with her mother, Fabiola, to offer support throughout the day. Yet sometime during the night Princess slipped away. We are confident that the medical team did everything they could for her, but we understand that she was critical due to the nature of her surgery.Tomorrow TRTP VP, Sonya, her children, and a friend will be visiting Princess's mother, Fabiola, to comfort her in any way possible. We are framing the photos that we took of mom and baby 2 days ago and giving them as a gift. We treasure these photos and hope that Fabiola's family will too.If you pray, please say a prayer for the family who is in deep mourning. If you think positive thoughts, please send your energy to them. The mother, father and grandmother's separation from one another at this time must be unbearable. Gifts in both Princess and Jacob's memory are gratefully accepted. With these gifts we will continue to provide hippotherapy for children with disabilities. Thank you as always for your support for all parents that grieve the loss of a child.
Our hearts are overwhelmed today. It is a day for CELEBRATION, MEMORIES, TEARS, and most importantly, HOPE.
Today we honor the life of Jacob Noah Beachy, namesake for Jacob's Fund, the US arm of The Red Thread Promise. This day would have marked his 10th birthday, a day we continue to celebrate every year. Jacob was born with a heart condition that required multiple surgeries; complications from his final procedure took him from us 3 short years later. While his life here was brief, his memory continues to make a lasting impact on children with disabilities. We honor him every time we award a hippotherapy ridership to a disadvantaged child. Along with his family, we are happy that a bit of Jacob lives on in everyone who receives this life-changing treatment through gifts from caring people like you.
On this same day 7 years later, an infant girl with a similar heart condition went to Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio for open heart surgery. Today, tiny Princess, a Haitian infant just 6 months old and barely 10 lbs, had her first of several critical operations, under the skilled hands of the same surgeon in the same hospital where Jacob was treated. Both children will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
We ask for your prayers and positive thoughts for this little girl, her mother, the surgeon and the hospital staff. Although she made it through surgery, we are unsure of her status as of this report. We trust that everything went well, and following all future procedures, she will grow up to lead the most normal life possible in Haiti with her family. The Red Thread Promise will continue to support Princess and her mother, Fabiola, while in the States as well as in their home country.
Your donations make a huge difference in the lives of disabled children in the United States and abroad. Please consider making your next gift to The Red Thread Promise in honor of Jacob to help children like Princess receive the medical care and therapy they need to lead the fullest life possible. Thank you for your support and for sharing this critical need with others so we can make a huge impact on children with disabilites.
Every day that we hear from our partners in China with an update on one of the children we sponsor is a GREAT day! Our hearts swell when we see these children growing and thriving in the hands of the caregivers at Swallow’s Nest. We are thankful to be able to provide life-changing surgeries, life-sustaining hospitalizations and medical care for these babies until they are matched with a loving family forever.
As you can tell from his smile, WZX is a happy boy. He loves to eat, which is no surprise based on his chubby, kissable cheeks. He enjoys holding and playing with toys but occasionally gets upset and cries for no obvious reason, sometimes during meals or at night. Then, after a minute or so and some comfort from his caregivers, he’s fine again.
Although he’s over 2 years old, WZX has never spoken yet he responds to speech and sound, especially music. He often seems unaware of what’s going on around him and doesn’t process sounds very well.
Following his clubfoot casting, he appears to have no feeling in his legs. Due to his weight and lack of feeling, it is challenging to get him to move around very much. We are unsure as of yet, but he may require a wheelchair. His caregivers are working to provide him more exercises that will help him build strength in his arms and upper body.
Your support of WZX has been amazing and we are so thankful for your donations on his behalf. We will continue to provide medical care for him as he grows and pray for him to become a permanent part of a family soon.