I know this is CopTalk and I've not posted much in the last year but I had to show off my little one and ask for prayers of strength as we go on this journey. The full story is at http://elliana.coltfreeman.net This is my baby girl Elliana born to us just a few short days ago. We found out around 26wks that she likely had a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. We have spent the last week in the NICU and PICU at UVA. She has finished the first of 3 open heart surgeries; while she is still on a ventilator she has been breathing on her own today and we hope to get her off soon! I had to come home today to take care of getting her added to our insurance and to keep myself sane while I am away I edited these few images. While many have missed focus and are not up to my normal standards they do tell a story. Those of you who pray I would covet those prayers, and those that do not warm wishes are also welcome. She has been a little fighter from the start and I can't wait till I can hold her again sometime this week. Sarah got to hold her for just a second before they wisked Elli to the NICU. I got to follow Elli downstairs to the NICU. Day #2 they had to raise Elli's Prostaglandin to keep her Ductus Arteriousus open so it gave her sleep apnea and they entubated http://www.coltfreeman.net/elli/3.jpg http://www.coltfreeman.net/elli/4.jpg Got to hold her a few hours before her surgery on Tue Elli recovering in the PICU after surgery http://www.coltfreeman.net/elli/8.jpg These are the machines and medication keeping Elli alive Grandma getting a finger squeeze. http://www.coltfreeman.net/elli/10.jpg They wired her breastbone back together after the swelling post-op went down, the tubes are for drainage. Got rid of about half the meds Fri. Still waiting for her to open those beautiful eyes to see what color they are. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!