Monday, February 12, 2007

Angel's 3rd and Final Surgery




Wow, time flies! I apologize for not being more up to date! Angel's third surgery was completed and now she has 10 fingers and 10 toes! She's still in casts as of now, but those will be removed shortly and then she will be returning home to the Philippines as soon as the doctors say she is healing well and that it is ok to return. Her family in the Philippines misses her very much and they can't wait to see her again. Here are the latest pictures of Angel...look at her beautiful new forehead!

Monday, December 11, 2006

Thank yous from Pol and Eva



Pol wanted to give some special thanks to the following people who have supported and helped his family:
- Raquel Guterte & her husband
- The Filipina nurses at Medical City Hospital
- The Tejano Family
- Praise Christian Fellowship
- Abbott employees in Santa Clara, California

Here are some pictures of some of the people listed above, and also of some other families and kids with craniofacial syndromes like Angel.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Angel is out of ICU





(Picture 1: Pol and Eva with Dr. Fearon at the Holiday Party. Picture 2: Pol and Eva by Angel's bedside. Picture 3: Eva comforting Angel. Picture 4: Angel drinking apple juice - look at her new fingers! They are healing well and look great!)

Today Angel was moved from ICU to the children's recovery floor. She has a swollen head which is totally normal for this surgery. Dr. Fearon says that things went very, very well! Angel's head will swell even more tomorrow, but then it will start to go down. It will be a week or two before the swelling shrinks significantly, and then another 4 weeks or so until all the swelling is gone. Angel was drinking apple juice and moaning and crying...all normal and all good signs that she's going to be just fine!

Today was also the day for the Children's Craniofacial Association Holiday Party. There were toys for kids given out by Santa, a Disney radio station playing music and games, lots of snacks and punch, and lots of crazy kids running all over the hospital lobby having a wonderful time with their friends. Eva and Pol were able to come down to see the party and meet some other Apert families while the nurses took care of Angel in ICU.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Angel's second surgery is successful

Pol wrote today to say that Angel's second surgery (the cranial vault remodeling) went very very well. Eva has been in the US for a few days and they are both at Angel's side tonight. Angel will have a period of swelling - a few days with severe head swelling, about a week of medium swelling, followed by a month or more of minor swelling. I go to Dallas tomorrow to see them, and hopefully Angel if she is out of the ICU and up on the children's recovery floor tomorrow afternoon. Thanks to all for contributions and prayers. This has all been a miracle for this family. I will post pictures as soon as I have them.

Friday, December 01, 2006

Video of Angel Laughing

Angel doesn't really get into the really cute giggles until about 1:45 in the video but she's got an infectious giggle! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ToxUxhbUo58

Thursday, November 30, 2006

More video

Here's a not-so-happy Angel in the bath!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwRqFVe0aKQ

Monday, November 27, 2006

Angel on video...

Here's a short 30 seconds of Angel crawling...she looks like she's trying hard to learn! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gy_L9cgwgs8


Goal for helpbabyangel -
Paying Angel's diapers, bandages, formula, etc, and
to bring Angeleah's mom, Eva,
to U.S. for the surgeries (This doesn't include money donated earlier that was
used for Angel's and Pol's Visas and for their travel
to Manilla to get the VISAS. )