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Ayla’s Story

Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep all of our amazing friends and family updated on Ayla's progress. We appreciate more than words can say your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. Please use this site to show your love for Ayla and our whole family. We will do our best to provide regular updates of her progress here. If you want to help defray Ayla's medical expenses please go to her give forward page. https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/wjl4/ayla-james-recovery-fund (the link to the right is for donations to Caring Bridge not to the James family)

Latest Journal Update

A look back as we look forward...

Tomorrow morning Ayla will undergo her back surgery to remove the rods and screws. It is scheduled to begin around 8:30 and last for 2-3 hours. Please keep Ayla, Noah, their parents and the doctors in your thoughts tomorrow.

She is scheduled to go home on Friday October 3rd which will be exactly five months since the accident that changed our lives forever. We have shared much of this difficult journey with you and at times it was your strength that carried our family through. Even though we were walking together it was still too difficult to show you the photos of what day to day life was like for those months in the hospital. Those were certainly some of the darkest hours any one of us have experienced. So many ups and downs and uncertainty about the future.

We know that this was your journey too and so we are ready to share with you in pictures what those days were like immediately following the accident through when Ayla got to come back home. On behalf of Nathan, Janelle and the extended families thank you for your support during such a difficult time. We hope this video reminds you of all that is good in the world and that miracles can happen.


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Karen Werme
By Karen Werme
Thanks so much for sharing...what a wonderful video for us to see...Praying for you all...
travis amann
By Amann/fountain
Stay Ayla strong we love you miss you can't wait to see you guys again
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Jodi Lowe
By Jodi Lowe — last edited
Love this! Thanks for sharing - wish we had lived closer to make it to more of those awesome fundraisers! So happy to see & hear that Ayla is continuing to improve! Always thinking of the James family.... :-)
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