Thursday, August 7, 2008 lucia larsen...

This is an update on Lauren & Matt Larsen's little girl, Life Lucia, as of Thursday afternoon.

Brain Bleeding
(With Grades 1 & 2 bleeding, there is usually no brain damage... with Grade 4 there is substantial brain damage... Grade 3 can go any way. Life has had a Grade 3 Brain Bleed.)

Even though doctors were concerned that because Life progressed to a Grade 3 brain bleed in only 24 hours, she would eventually progress to a Grade 4, her scans came back today still at a Grade 3. This is a praise, because she has not gotten worse. The bleeding is in her ventricles and not in her tissue.

However, there is a new hurdle to clear... our brains secrete Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF), which is then absorbed into the brain and spine. Because of the blood in Life's ventricles, the CSF is not being absorbed, which is dilating her ventricles. The risk is that they could get big enough to crush the brain tissue and therefore cause significant damage.

Pulmonary Hypertension
The doctor shared with Lauren & Matt last night that because her Pulmonary artery has not shown signs of improvement, he is beginning to be concerned that Life has something other than Pulmonary Hypertension. There are a few different problems that Life could have that could look like Pulmonary Hypertension. These problems are congenital and might never get any better.

What To Pray For:
1. Praise our Father that she did not have ANY bleeding in her brain tissue, as of this morning.

2. Pray that the bleeding would ultimately clot and diminish, and that it would not progress anymore to a Grade 4 brain bleed.

3. Petition our Father that Life's body will absorb her Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) from her brain ventricles into her body.

4. Pray for wisdom for the doctors in discovering what the issue is with Life's Pulmonary artery. Pray that it is nothing worse or more long term than Pulmonary Hypertension, and that ultimately, she would be healed completely from either.

5. Continue to pray for peace, strength and endurance for Lauren & Matt. And pray for rest. They are not getting any sleep because they wake up all night to call Life's room and check on her.

Thank you for warring in prayer with the Larsens!

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