Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Kate Finlayson is Really Struggling! Keep Her in Your Prayers!

"Miracles, in the sense of phenomena we cannot explain, surround us on every hand: life itself is the miracle of miracles." -George Bernard Shaw

Kate Finlayson needs a miracle!

During our Boston years in the 1980's , the Finlayson Family were our dear friends! Kate was born in 1984, very premature, and weighed less than 2 lbs. Her undeveloped lungs required oxygen but that caused hemorrhaging in her brain and left her with hydrocephalus. They inserted a shunt in Kate's brain to drain fluid.

The technology for shunts is amazing but still a work in progress. The shunts are easily infected or they break and need to be replaced; each time requiring Brain Surgery!

Kate has endured major health challenges through her entire life and numerous surgeries. Despite continual hospitalizations she graduated from high school and has been studying nursing at St. Mary's College.

Sadly, Kate's life is in grave danger. Shunt failure caused a stroke which left her in a coma over a month ago. Kate's been battling infection and is partially paralyzed from the stroke. The Finlaysons feel like this is worst they've ever been through with Kate (which is saying a lot - since Kate has had so many close calls).

Pam has been bedside with Kate at an Arizona hospital. Grant and Peter visit Kate on weekends. Sam is serving a mission. The Finlaysons are praying for a MIRACLE and if anyone deserves a miracle, it is Kate!