Caroline & Emerson Filbert Filbert Girls

First post: Oct 27, 2016 Latest post: Feb 8, 2017
Hi friends and family!  You all have been so supportive leading up to our girls' surgeries at the end of October and beginning of November.  We are incredibly humbled by the overwhelming care you all have shown us through praying and asking what ways that you can help and support us during this time.  Thank you for loving us so well.

To summarize what is going on with our family......

Our daughter, Caroline (2 years), is having a surgery October 28th at Riley to remove a hemangioma (vascular birthmark) on the top of her head.  It will be an outpatient procedure, and we expect her to do great.  We have seen Dermatology for the last 2 years, and was recently referred to Plastic Surgery.  Both teams believe it is at a good point for removal, as it will probably never fully flatten out.  (They believe there is a lot of fatty and scar tissue in there.)  We've been told that the earlier it is removed, the better Caroline will do with recovery and the better her scar will look long term.

Our daughter, Emerson (6 months), is having a surgery Tuesday, November 15th, at Riley to correct a condition she was born with, called Metopic Craniosynostosis/Trigonocephaly.  The metopic suture (suture between the front two parts of her skull) has fused together too early.  Typically, the suture does not begin to fuse together until the age of 2, and because Emerson's fused together too early, her skull is not allowing her brain to grow as it should.   If left untreated, her doctors have advised that this could cause several long-term developmental problems.  Emerson is expected to be in the hospital for a full week, and will have fairly intensive recovery at home for another week or so before life get's back to semi-normal.

Prayers are so appreciated as we walk through these procedures with our girls.  We ask for prayer for the nurses and doctors that will touch them, and that their bodies would be fully prepared to undergo anesthesia and the actual operations.  We are also hopeful for speedy recoveries for both of them.  We feel very blessed already, and know God will protect our girls as they go through this. 

Thank you for praying - we appreciate it more than you could ever know. 

With lots of love,

Haley & Stephen Filbert (mom & dad)

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