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Aug 28, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting. This is Amira’s story.
On Mother’s Day 2016, our family received a middle of the night phone call, that we pray no one else ever gets. It was a friend of Amira’s telling me that she had been hit by a car, and they were air lifting her to a local hospital. Life flight was called however they did not make it to Amira, as there was fatal accident near her. Amira was picked up by Allina EMS and brought to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids. As her family we did not know where she was brought to, because of HIPPA laws, Amira’s sister Jesse was calling around and nobody could confirm or deny that she was there, she was even hung up on by one staff, she tried one more time, and the person who answered had some compassion, she did not break the law, she said they had a trauma coming in and they were not sure if it was her or not, but get there fast. We did, it was her and she was gravely injured. Amira was dragged under a pickup truck for about a half a city block before the driver noticed her. She was very lucky that night, with the skilled EMS staff, the ER Doctor that laid hands on her and prayed over her until I got there, all staff on board, and the skilled knowledge of General Surgeon who was on top of his game. Her liver ruptured, Two Code Blues were called that night, but God, in his infinite Mercy and Grace, saved her. Since that night Amira has had multiple surgery’s, and stents placed in her liver, Dr. Brusven removed the right lobe of her liver, and IVR and GI have worked so hard on her to make sure she is well. Dr. Brusven has retired, but transferred her care to Abbott Northwestern and the team of Dr. Kamuth, Dr. John Lake, and NP Jill May. Dr. Lake, who only is at Abbott on Monday’s, transferred her care to the University of Minnesota. Dr Lake is a Professor of Surgery and Medicine. He is also the Executive Medical Director for Solid Organ Transplantation at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. He also serves as senior staff for liver at the SRTR. He also was Mpls St. Paul Magazine "Top Doctor" (2012, 2014-2015) Best Doctors in America® (2011-2012, 2013) Minnesota Monthly "Best Doctors" (2014), he is that good! Dr. Kirchner is the MD professor for Living and Deceased Donor Liver Transplantation, Hepatobiliary Surgery. On Monday, Dr. Kirchner, with a whole host of other Dr’s, will perform a Bile duct excision and hepaticojejunosotomy on Amira. The surgery will hopefully be her last, and we can get moving forward and onward.
Our family can’t even count the number of Miracles’ that took place through this whole thing, we continue to be in awe of God’s promises. We serve a mighty God, and we are confident that all things will work for His Glory.
Amira asked that we create a caringbridge page, to keep everyone informed of her progress on Monday and the days following. As a family, we will update as soon as we know anything. Keep praying, for Amira, for us, for the surgeons and all the staff that will be involved in her care. We love all of you.
In His Hands,
Bob, Jeanne, Sofia and all of her other family members.