Faith Kelley | CaringBridge

Faith Kelley Faith Kelley

First post: Nov 13, 2017 Latest post: Dec 11, 2017
Prayers for Faith Kelley:
 On Monday, October 2nd, Faith  went to the doctor with what she thought was a bad diverticulitis infection. While at the doctor she ended up passing out and was taken to the ER. In the ER a CT scan of her abdomen was done and it was very apparent things did not look right. They decided to move forward and do a colonoscopy to further diagnosis what was going on inside. When she was put under for the procedure she was unable to sustain breathing well enough on her own and had to be intubated. The colonoscopy was not successful in helping them see any more of what was going on and her white blood cell count was way up. So they opted to put her on antibiotics to fight possible infection, let her rest and try to get her off the ventilator before moving forward. Within a day she was in kidney failure. The small hospital she was at was not equipped to take care of her any further.
On the evening of October 5th she was transported to Henry Ford Allegiance Hospital in Jackson, MI where my sister Sylvia and I both live. Once assessed by the Critical Care ICU team it was determined that emergency surgery must be performed ASAP to find out what was going on and to attempt to save her life, as she had become septic. The surgery was 4.5 hours long. They removed a portion of her ascending colon that was not functioning and ‘dead’.  In addition,  it was necessary to remove a portion of her descending colon that had an internal narrowing & hardening, as well as an unidentified mass attached to it externally. That mass, containing a portion of the descending colon, had also adhered to the external bladder wall. They were able repair the bladder and leave it fully functioning. She was left open for 24 hours and then had another surgery to check on infection and to try to reconnect parts of the large intestine. They were successful in reconnecting what remained of her ascending colon to the small intestine, but she has a colostomy where the majority of the descending colon was removed. Three days after the second surgery she was able to be taken off the ventilator and is breathing well on her own. She is still having dialysis but her kidneys are showing signs of improvement. She is very weak and tired. The doctors are all impressed with how well she is recovering given her age (77 yrs old). We are reminded daily by the doctors that she is doing well, but she was very sick and had two big major surgeries, so she has a long road of recovery ahead of her.
We have had some major and minor set backs but she continues to be on the road of recovery. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

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