Samantha Altena Samantha Joy Altena

First post: Jul 8, 2021 Latest post: Jul 3, 2022

While on vacation in Montana at the end of June, Miss Samantha began experiencing severe intestinal pain, diarrhea, and bleeding. After numerous visits to various doctors lab results revealed an E. Coli Shiga toxin in her intestinal tract causing the severe abdominal pain. As the days progressed her condition continued to worsen and dehydration became a concern. The doctors in Bozeman determined that Samantha was beginning to develop Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS), a complication that can follow the E. Coli infection. (HUS) is a condition that affects the blood and blood vessels. It results in the destruction of blood platelets (cells involved in clotting), a low red blood cell count (anemia) and kidney failure due to damage to the very small blood vessels of the kidneys. Samantha and her mother Rachelle were life flighted to Salt Lake on the late evening of July 1 where doctors could better treat her condition. Her father Dan and Aunt Jeanette drove to Salt Lake. Samantha recieved her first kidney dialysis on July 2 and after showing no sign of improvement her second dialysis took place on July 3. On July 4, Dan and Rachelle noticed neurological problems, which led to a severe seizure the next day.  
The doctors have warned that this will be a long road to recovery.  

We know the Great Physician is watching over her.  “Look to the Lord and His strength; seek his face always.” I Chron. 16:11. 

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