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surgery for samuel

April 21, 2009

Earlier this month, I hit the road with my friend, Tennille, and her youngest son, Samuel.  Destination: Chicago and the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital.

Because of Hallerman Streiff Syndrome, eleven-month-old Samuel has a recessed chin, which makes it difficult for him to swallow.  Our trip to the hospital was to meet with a team of specialists to see if Sam would be a good candidate for a surgery that will move his chin forward.

Tennille and I managed to have an enjoyable time on our first road trip together, even with the nerve-wracking appointment looming in the future, and Sam was the best little passenger.  We were blessed by the generosity and hospitality of our hosts for the night: Larry and Mary Jo.  We couldn’t have asked for a more gracious and amazing couple to stay with.  Their love for the Lord was overwhelming!  They not only opened their doors to me, Tennille and Sam, but also to another family from the Chicago area whose son has Hallerman Streiff.

What a blessing it was for Tennille and Sam to meet Jackson and his dad, Scott.  Jack is an amazing little man who is a year or so older than Sam.  We were all astounded by how much the boys looked alike!  It was uncanny.  Seeing the adorable Jack running around, full of energy and curiosity, gave Tennille a lot of hope for Samuel.  Plus, Jackson had the same chin/jaw surgery Sam needs to have, and Scott was able to answer some practical questions and offer plenty of encouragement.

Early the next morning it was off to the hospital to meet the surgeon and his team for the clinical assessment.  It was a long day of waiting, but all went well.  Dr. Reid said Samuel would be a great candidate, and the surgery was scheduled on the soonest possible date: April 22.

Today, Tennille and Samuel will hit the road again, only this time Tennille’s husband will be at the wheel.  They will head to Chicago on the 21st, while the older kids stay with a family friend.  After the surgery, Joe will make his way home and Tennille will stay with Sam, who won’t be released for another five to six days.

Please, please, please keep them in your prayers!  I’ll keep you updated on Samuel’s progress throughout the week.

To find out more about Hallerman Streiff, visit this site.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Cristin Luea permalink
    April 21, 2009 9:51 am

    Glad to hear his appointment was a success!! We pray for Baby Samuel every day!

  2. Felipa permalink
    April 22, 2009 5:00 pm

    Tennille and Sam will be in my prayers. Thanks for keeping me posted.

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