Early Tuesday, March 7, Nita rushed Callista to the hospital because her breathing started to sound shallow. She had been in the emergency room the day before, but had checked out ok at the time. In retrospect, Callista likely had both the norovirus and RSV, either of which on their own would not have been of such concern. But very quickly after Callista entered the hospital, she stopped breathing. After 50 minutes of CPR, the doctors told us that there was nothing else they were able to do, and that she was not going to survive. But Callista wouldn't give up, and and survived to go onto the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit on an ECMO machine. ECMO is a procedure that uses a machine to take over the work of the lungs and heart, and provides time for her body to rest and recover.
A week after being on ECMO things took a turn for the worse. We learned that Callista's heart function is severely diminished from what appears to be a viral infection of her heart (viral myocarditis). Now in Pediatric Cardiac ICU, Callista is fighting to recover sufficient heart function to go on.
We are hoping for the best, and know that Callista is a strong-willed little girl. We would appreciate your thoughts and prayers, and your well wishes expressed here. If there are needs for the family, we will post them on here as they arise. We are so grateful to our friends who set up a meal train for us already, which has eased our burden considerably during this very difficult time.
Thank you for allowing us the time to be with Callista, and to read your thoughts and prayers here. We will post to Caring Bridge whenever there are any updates, but we expect this to be a slow road to her recovery.