The Lenhart Family

Monday, March 2, 2009

Hope has proven herself to be a fighter...

For those of you who I never got in touch with yesterday, we just wanted to let you all know that Hope Elizabeth (my beautiful niece with left hypoplastic syndrome) was welcomed into the world early yesterday morning, March 1, weighing 6 pounds and 11 ounces. Sara went into labor late Saturday evening, spent 3 hours in active labor and delivered Hope with no drugs at all. In my opinion, this makes her certifiably insane, but my hero nonetheless. I talked to my mom a bit ago and Hope is doing awesome. She is over 24 hours old and has yet to be put on the ventilator or need any oxygen at all. Sara said she is still a beautiful pink color. This is significant, as most babies with her condition begin to turn blue by 12 hours of age and need breathing assistance. The doctors are encouraged by her strong set of lungs and have scheduled her surgery for early Wednesday(earlier than originally planned because she is such a fighter and doing so well). This is the first of three open heart surgeries...and unfortunately the one with the highest risk of complication. They will have to leave her chest open and keep her in complete isolation for at least 2 days following the surgery.

However, yesterday we choose to celebrate the first day of her long life.Today we will focus on the road ahead, but I also wanted to take today to rejoice and praise God for bringing Hope into our family!

Any thoughts or prayers you can send their way would be a blessing. You can read more about this amazing little girl on her Caring Bridge web page at If you have the means and want to send some financial support, let me know and I can get you in touch with the right resources. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get donations set up through the Caring Bridge web site.

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