Monthly Archives: February 2015

Update on Ann

IMG_8674Last month I shared with you about Ann. She’s a 24-year-old mother of four, who is dying…. She is in heart failure because of damaged valves in her heart. The damage was caused by an untreated case of strep-throat when she was a child. We were recently able to arrange for Ann to see a cardiology team from the USA at Tenwek Mission Hospital. There was good news and bad news. The bad news was that Ann had deteriorated pretty significantly from where she was when she had her last work-up. Because of this, she is not eligible for the simplified balloon procedure they had hoped to perform. The doctor actually told her that she could die at any time without surgery. That’s right. Any time….

But I told you that there was good news too. The good news is that Ann’s life can be saved by open-heart surgery to replace the defective valves. The surgical team would like to schedule Ann for surgery in April. The total cost is going to be in the neighborhood of just under $4,000. That’s right, $4,000 to help four children grow up with their mother.

We would appreciate your prayers for Ann. She was understandably very discouraged to be told that she could die at any time. The amount of money she will need for surgery also seemed very overwhelming to her. Last week I sat down with her and reviewed the situation. I let her know that at Hope Matters we are committed to making sure she gets this surgery. Please pray with us for the following:

  • For Ann to find her HOPE and strength in Christ.
  • Pray for her spirits to be lifted and for our team to be an encouragement to her.
  • Pray for her children as they grapple with having a mother who is critically ill and requires a major surgery that will take her away from home for a few weeks.
  • Pray for the finances to be provided for her to receive this life-saving treatment

Thanks for standing with us in prayer for Ann. If you would like to send her a word of encouragement to Ann please e-mail your message to me at michelle@hopemattersintl.org and I will make sure Ann gets your message. And please remember that when you support Hope Matters financially you are assisting patients like Ann to get life-saving care.