We write this with heavy hearts because we are asking you to please pray with us for a miracle for the son of one of our contributors, Kali Dawson. She writes on her site, Faith, Family and Freelance.
Kali’s 17-month-old son, John, has been in the hospital for more than a month after falling ill. He wasn’t getting better and doctors didn’t know what was wrong. After a barrage of tests, baby John has a condition called Dilated Cardiomyopathy, which the doctors just recently figured out is genetic, and means John is in heart failure. It is rare and John was born with it, which Kali and her family just found out through all the testing.
Dilated Cardiomyopathy essentially makes the heart unable to grow muscle and function properly. Doctors have tried IVs and antibiotics but he needs to get on the list for a heart transplant – which could take a year. Kali posted that he may only have months left.
How do you possibly absorb this information as a parent? How?
Kali and her husband, Chad, have been staying at the hospital with John while their two older children at home. The other kids only know that their little brother is sick and the doctors are trying to get him better. But John isn’t coming home from the hospital anytime soon and Kali and Chad are switching shifts so they can stay with him.
What can we do?
We can pray for a miracle. Pray John gets the treatment he needs to get better, gets the transplant he needs to live, pray that God’s will be done and that He gives John and his family all the courage they need to face it.
We can pray for Kali and Chad, that God may overshadow them with His peace and comfort, that they know they are not walking alone.
We can pray for John’s siblings and family, for his extended family, for everyone who cares about this family, who knows them, that they may be given the strength and endurance to stand next to Kali and Chad and John, even from afar, and be a support system of love for them.
There is a GoFundMe set up for Kali and Chad and their family as people from all over the world have asked how they can help.