Saturday, January 16, 2010

10:30 PM (Posted by Lizzie)








The perfect ending to the most bitter sweet day imaginable. I believe there is a little angel standing stage left (where that little gap is by the bed) smiling ear-to-ear that she could make this day possible for LuLu, for so many.

My sisters by my side.... several missing who wish they could have been here. Their presence missed by me but felt--through electronic devices :)


This is our friend Dr. Boyer. He was called in to be the radiologist for a liver recipient and the first thing he asked was : "IS IT LONDON BADGER?" and when told yes did this, see above and hear a genuinely excited: "YES" as he raised his arms looking like a champion of sorts. I made him redo it a few times for a good picture and because it was so touching. Him and his family have been a great source of support and comfort to us. We love them.
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We went to the PICU for our momentous reunion only to be told they wouldn't be ready for us for about an hour. So, we do what we do best- wait some more. When we were finally able to go back (approx 11:30 or 12) James & myself were accompanied by Heather, Steve (Trib reporters) and Jason (PR for PCMC) for 10 minutes then they allowed our whole group to come back for a brief reunion. It was sweet, so sweet to see our Lu. We'd prepared ourselves for the worst and saw the best. She looks beautiful her tummy so flat and perfect. Her long lashes cascading over her cheeks, her brown locks looking stylish and curly, her beautiful complexion glowing. Her spirit shining through. I touched her liver and said a prayer of thanks for this gift with so much respect as to where that liver came from. I spoke quietly to our donor angel, I know she was there. We will never forget her, when we can get a picture she'll go on our shelf next to Jonah and LuLu's pictures. She is now a part of our family. LuLu now has another mother and another father because they gave her and many others life.

26 comments:

Markalie said...

She looks so at peace. She is such a trooper. It brought tears to my eyes to see everything was done and that she did so good. I am so happy for you guys. Thanks for the updates it is nice to see them. Heavenly Father truely heard each and every prayer for little Lulu.

Dale Rex said...

Lulu looks great. What a special day. We can't wait to see you all. There was definately an angel in that picture. I think I can also see "Three little Birds." We love you guys.

Brian and Stephanie Wood said...

I am so touched and grateful that Lulu is healing and starting on a healthy path through life. I am glad for you Lizzy and pray for the very best for you and your family.

A and B Circus said...

We are all gathered around the computer...the whole family...and can't tell you how excited/humbled we are. We have been checking the computer non stop for updates. We love you all!!! Our prayers will continue for London and all of you as the recovery phase begins.

Love,

The Barnum's (Your favorite noodles from Washington!!)

Karen said...

Oh, joy!! She looks great! Can't wait to see her eyes open!As usual her hair looks great with her big flower headband!

JP said...

She looks great, good coloring despite all the machines hooked up to her! I LOVE her long lashes! Wow. What a miracle. SOOOOO glad to hear all this wonderful news, what a blessing. We love you and are still praying that everything continues to go well. Hugs and kisses from Switzerland.

Anonymous said...

AWESOME!!!!!!!! she looks so beautiful. What a wonderful day!
Love
Jim and Rhea

Bjorn said...

Sleeping Beauty has much to look forward to. We love you LuLu!

HUGHES FAMILY said...

Liz, I have been following your blog for a long time now. I am so happy for Lulu and your family. I know angels are watching over her. My prayers are with your family and the donor families. You and your family will always hold a special place in my life.
Love, VerNeita (Bascom)

Josie said...

Look at those lashes! I cant even imagine having my child have to go through such the long road that london has had too. I cry eveytime I think about your family and what you guy's have been through. I cant wait to see her getting healthy and running about. Love you guy's

TPoirot said...

LuLu you are too cute with your flower in your hair~ you have SO much to look forward to...you've come a long way baby girl and your spirit has always been SO strong & you're really something special! Love ya Lizzy...

nennermommy said...

YEAH!!!!!!

Dan and Nicole said...

She looks beautiful! What a wonderful day for you all. The Lord is definitely on your side. I hope everything continues to go smoothly for LuLu.

Sam and Jess said...

I am so happy that everything went well :) I was thinking about Lulu all night...I checked the blog before I could go to sleep and first thing when I woke up for updates. You will continue to be in our prayers. She looks amazing and beautiful.

AshleyS said...

Hooray! and thank you for putting a big flower on her head...she will thank you one day for keeping her so beautiful through this. What a sweet mommy you are. We put Lulu and her donor angel's family on the prayer roll at the Redlands, CA temple last night. Love you guys!
Ash and Wes

April said...

Milk Mama wishes you the best! So happy to see she is doing good!!!

Jo Lynn said...

WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!!!!! We are so happy to see this sweet little angel looking so stunning and so perfect! Incredible pictures below to see the medical miracle and yes, I know this new edition to your family is smiling ear to ear to be able to save Lulu. I can't help but cry tears of joy, thank you for the many posts, the many wonderful pictures and hearing what you've all endured so well. Our love and kisses being sent your way!

Vierig Family said...

We're so happy for you, and so glad Lulu is recovering well. You've documented your amazing journey with this blog so beautifully. I tear up reading it. Your sweet spirit as well as Lulu's and the rest of your family can be felt in every word. Glad you have so much love and support through all this. You are an amazing family. I can't wait to read more and stay posted to see all the progress she makes. It will be wonderful to see Lulu a year from now running around happy and healthy!!! All the best to you!

Rachel said...

HALLELULJAH!!

LeeAnn said...

Great to see so many happy faces! Smiles and relief. Now a new a glorious chapter for your family. We are addicted to your story and look forward to new progress.
Love LeeAnn & John

Steph said...

We are SO happy for you, so thankful LuLu was able to get her new liver, and thankful for the donor and her sweet family. Sending our love.
Steph (terry) Strasser & family

Lisa Cannon said...

So happy for LuLu and her lovely family. Glad everything went so well! Thank you for sharing your journey with us. She is such a beautiful little girl.

Dayton and Candice said...

She looks awesome!! Her little tummy looks great, I agree!! So happy that all went "text-book" in surgery, But we will continue to keep her in our prayers and thoughts!! Love you guys! xoxo-- give London a kiss on the forehead for me lizzie :)

Erica said...

I am so glad to hear it is over and everything went well. I love that London still has her signature flower in her hair. She looks great for everything she has just gone through.

McCall said...

She does look so great!!

Brett, Jenny, and Taylor... said...

Thank you for sharing this remarkable journey with all of us. Your experience has truly touched me. It has reminded me to cherish those I love a little bit more. LuLu looks so peaceful and beautiful. Liz, you have so beautifully told such a sweet account. You are an amazing mother, and I look forward to watching your sweet family move forward in this amazing journey. You are constantly in our thoughts and our prayers. With Love, Jenny Johnson

 

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